Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wright for America -- Robin Lamont

Pryor Wright is a talk-show host, who of course bears no resemblance to any person living or dead.  His devoted listeners number in the millions, and he says things like this: "What more could he do to ruin this country?  Wake up, people!  He's hell-bent on destroying the America that you and I love.  And I'll be honest with you, I'm afraid.  And you ought to be afraid, too."  

Maren Garrity works for a private-investigating firm that's looking to expose some people who sell counterfeit handbags.  Her brother is hospitalized as a result of terrible beating he received at the hands of some gay bashers.  Maren's also a member of an amateur theatrical group.

Harry Thorne's part of an FBI team investigating some illegal arms dealers who happen the be the same people Maren is investigating.

There's more.  A lot more.  Before it's over Maren is using at least three different names and various disguises.  The theatrical troupe is working a big con on Pryor Wright.  There are arms deals going down, not to mention handbag deals.  I'll let you read the book to sort it all out.  It's funny and farcical, the characters are interesting, and somehow the author manages to pull it all together at the end.

Speaking of the author, I wasn't familiar with Robin Lamont, but she's had quite a career, having come to writing only recently.  She's sung on Broadway and in the movies (in Godspell), been a p.i., and served as an assistant D.A. in New York.  A lot of this comes through in the book.  Check it out.

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