EVEN THE BUTLER WAS POOR by Ron Goulart

EVEN THE BUTLER WAS POOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A short, fast, breezy, comic caper in which H.J. (Helen Jeanne) Mavity arrives at the mall to be paid back $5000 by her former boyfriend, Rick Dell, and instead receives a dying message from his almost lifeless lips: ""Ninety nine clop clop."" Before the last breath oozes out of him, she's on the phone to her ex-husband, Ben Spanner, the voice-over in a zillion radio and TV commercials, to figure this one out--and to track down her money. The trail leads them to a retirement home, to a funeral home (where they try to steal the dead ventriloquist's dummy), and to an advertising agency where Ben is to play the part of First Muffin in the My Man Chumley restaurant commercial--and where all the characters coalesce: darling Trinity, a bimbo who also dated Rick; Kathkart, the actor who plays butler Chumley; and Arthur Moon, the agency CEO. Most of them, H.L. and Ben discover, were on a piece of film Rick hid in Buggsy, the ventriloquist's dummy, for blackmail purposes. Then H.L. is kidnapped after she tries a spot of blackmail, and it is up to Ben, man of many voices, to save the day. Quick, cute, and likable, and by the time it occurs to you that not much makes sense, it's all over. Like Goulart's The Wisemann Originals, modestly funny--and blessedly short.

Pub Date: Dec. 7th, 1990
Publisher: Walker