MURDER IN A MAYONNAISE JAR by Molly McKitterick

MURDER IN A MAYONNAISE JAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Self-involved KYYY anchorman William ``Heck'' Hecklepeck, eager to pilot local tycoon Gus Bussard's inaugural steamboat run from St. Louis to New Orleans--as well as film a special about his excursion--shunts another story, the glue-sniffing deaths of two youngsters a month apart, off on inexperienced, earnest Jennifer Burgess. Jennifer interviews a psychologist and his clientele, including the wacko family of glue-addict Jimmie Smith, soon another sniffer fatality. With patronizing asides (and a few wistful leers) from Heck, she also stakes out the tawdry boy- prostitution turf, as well as the Metalcote factory where the kids stole their glue. Did they sniff up the wrong container? Is the plant guilty of toxic-waste dumping? Heck and Jennifer search further and discover...death by a crazy man and, wouldn't you know it, illegal chloroflurocarbon dumping. A few passing barbs at the TV industry but, mostly, tedious wild-goose chases after red herrings. Again, McKitterick (The Medium is Murder, 1992) relies on an uninteresting hero to hold attention.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09346-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993