PEKING DUCK by Simon Roger L.


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The return of hip, dope-smoking Moses Wine, a detective whom viewers of the film version of The Big Fix will probably think of henceforth as Richard Dreyfuss. This time Moses is off on a non-business jaunt to Red China--as part of a ""Friendship Tour"" led by that endearing old Bolshevik, Moses' caustic Aunt Sonya. The tour, however--which includes such chi-chi travelers as movie star Ruby, peacemovement legend Staughton, and sell-out magazine publisher Max--is a disaster: the foreigners keep running into trouble with ""bad elements"" (juvenile delinquent attackers); one of the group is accused of sneaking into an off-limits newspaper office; and the group as a whole is arrested, accused of stealing a priceless Han Dynasty cluck from a Peking museum. To solve the case, Moses must sneak to Shanghai undercover, make whoopee with a gorgeous Chinese guide, and get the goods on his own Aunt Sonya--who has become deeply involved in China's labyrinthine rebel/revisionist intrigues. Authentic scenery, lots of political detail, and Moses' hipper-than-thou humor--which will charm or irritate, depending on the counter-cultural standing of the reader.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1979
Publisher: Simon & Schuster