BIRDS IN THE BELFRY by Laurence Payne

BIRDS IN THE BELFRY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Harry and Ob lived an unprepossessing, depressing Odd CoupLe existence until the day that Harry lost his Beatle boots at the movies but found Jennifer Love. Itappily enough Jennifer has a friend, the myopic Maisie who is attracted to Ob who is a ""Nutcase. The nuttiest nut-case of all the nut-cases."" So romance commences but is complicated by the fact that Ob acquires a deadly enemy in one Red Brody, a racketeer bully-boy. After Ob gets worked over, recovers, he joins forces with Boy Blue who hosts a motorcycle gang and friendly Fred Hearthbright a policeman to inquire into Red's suspicious activities. Harry gets dragged along and finds himself in all manner of compromising positions like having to play the part of a squeaky homosexual. The whole thing becomes a ""nut-case"" and is written with some nice tongue-in-cheek touches. A better-than-average novel about the zanier moments in London lower-class life from the comic gas stove in the kitchen that cooks with au inhuman scream to Harry Himself, a milkman who is ""not even a positive milkman."" And of course the ""birds.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1967
Publisher: Lippincott