BEST PERFORMANCE BY A PATSY by Stan Cutler

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A PATSY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The very day over-the-hill Hollywood p.i. Rayford Goodman--famous for 15 minutes 25 years ago when he sent porno king Danny Pagani (instead of the police suspect, beloved comedian Dubie Dietrich) to the pen for snuffing megastar Rita Rose--is scheduled to meet his new partner, gay ghostwriter Mark Bradley, he gets beaten up by a thug who warns him not to write his projected tell-all life story; soon after, his borrowed Rolls is blown up and a promised informant is killed in a copycat murder that Pagani seems to have an alibi for. Who's the real killer so anxious to kill the book: Rita's crazy-religious mother, her unsavory ex, her mysterious son, actor/financier Harry Light, studio chief R. Symington Lefcourt--or maybe Dietrich or Pagani? Though Ray and Mark try too hard to be funny, they're usually funny anyway. The main question posed by the knockabout plot--which spins from Jamaican gunmen to crooked cops to the West Coast Mafia and moves through a zillion suspects (all guilty of something, and most introduced over overpriced lunches) to an unexpected and surprisingly toothless murderer--is: What's left over for the promised sequel?

Pub Date: July 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-525-93317-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1991




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