THE INSPECTOR'S OPINION: The Chappaquiddick Incident by Malcolm Reybold

THE INSPECTOR'S OPINION: The Chappaquiddick Incident

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Inspector is retired from the Yard and is over here from ""Merrie Olde England"" (this is full of darling referrals, like a movie called La Dolce Vitamin) where he is asked by the narrator, ""Truly"" P. Faulkner Truliman (really truly), to study and give an opinion on the Chappaquiddick episode. Once you get over the tastelessness of the enterprise, the rebarbative exchanges (at either Truly's expensive house or the OooLaLa restaurant) between Truly and his girl who calls him ""Sir Cornball"" with more than a little justification, or with the good Inspector Darby replete with his ""esteemed"" flourishes. . . now where were we?--well, then you can settle down to a total replay of the records and the transcripts which Inspector Darby will clarify thusly: Kennedy and Mary Jo had been drinking vodka on the beach when Kennedy went to get the car and left it long enough to dump the bottles while Mary Jo drove it away alone, to her death. Gotcha. Darby has ""explained the unexplainable"" even if he's left you with the notion that all of the participants were pretty dumb (we don't mean mute) so it can't possibly serve any political purpose in stirring up all that water under the bridge. Could it?

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1975
Publisher: Saturday Review/Dutton