FAIR GAME by Paula Gosling

FAIR GAME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Damsel-in-distress, San Francisco style and strictly by the numbers. Advertising exec Clare Randell exchanges a few words with a tall, handsome stranger in the park one day--next thing you know, she's being shot at and her apartment is blown up(wounding Clare and killing an obliging suitor). Soon it becomes clear to hospitalized Clare and to broody Lieutenant Malchek that the stranger in the park was a legendary hit-man named Edison--Clare saw him moments after he'd done a Mafia murder--so Clare is whisked off (she and Malchek both disguised as nuns) to police-protected seclusion. Clever killer Edison almost finishes Clare off a few times--the cops are apparently extremely dumb in San Francisco--but she survives, if only so she can finally get down to some ""velvet hammer pounding"" sex with the surly, sensual Lieutenant. Her last line to the lover-cop (who has been hurt in the final fracas with Edison): ""When you've got your strength back, will you take me out into the shed and horsewhip me. . . just a little?"" That's fair warning on Fair Game.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan