7/17/2004 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW 
"... ZANY ROMP..." "... HILARIOUS RESULTS..." "... PITCH-PERFECT DIALOGUE..." "...FORGET ABOUT DINNER OR A GOOD NIGHT'S REST..." NOW CLICK TO READ IT ALL:  
From Publishers Weekly

Recovered from his wounds, the Deaf Man is bent on
revenge and determined to rub the collective face of the
87th in the dust of his brilliance in McBain's latest zany
romp. After striking first at the woman who betrayed
him, the Deaf Man turns to taunting the 87th with cryptic
hand-delivered messages (quotes from Shakespeare
or anagrams) that are interpreted or misinterpreted with
hilarious results. The saga of Fat Ollie's book, which
began in Fat Ollie's Book (2003) and continued in The
Frumious Bandersnatch (2004), resumes and
promises to have a long life of its own. There are a lot
of soap opera flourishes to the personal relationships
of the 87th crew, and McBain milks them for humor and
pathos. Steve Carella faces paying for the double
wedding of his mother and his sister. Bert Kling knows
his beautiful surgeon girlfriend is cheating on him.
Cotton Hawes and his glamorous TV news girlfriend,
Honey Blair, are under attack, but which one is the real
target? It's vintage McBain, complete with pitch-perfect
dialogue, subplots that thrust various precinct cops into
the spotlight, a pace that encourages the reader to
forget about dinner or a good night's rest, and a plot
that teases and tantalizes from start to finish.

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