THE HATCHET MAN by Mel Arrighi

THE HATCHET MAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A weightless diversion, all chrome, about Don Skelton, a cashiered newspaperman who gets a comeback chance with an assignment to do a story on Persephone Wren, Senator's daughter, ideal wife of Elliot Karp in the Mayor's administration, and possibly to be the new Grace Kelly of the screen. The scene is New York and the rubble of course extends to the Karps' private lives: he's not only a ""professional son-in-law,"" but worse, a ""dumb Jew,"" and worst, hooked up with the Mafia and drugs; the Senator himself is kept under wraps because he's a suicidal depressive; and Persephone has lots to cover up, sexually and otherwise. Arrighi's East Side story is just right for what it is--today's entertainment as contemporary as tomorrow and probably as forgettable by next week unless those references to McQueen and Redfern prove out.

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1975
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich