Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Last Manly Man, by Sparkle Hayter

(hb; 1998: fourth book in the Robin Hudson Mystery series)

From the inside flap:

"Overnight success, two handsome boyfriends, plenty of employees to boss around. . . Everything is suddenly going right in the life of newswoman and reluctant sleuth Robin Hudson. But Hudson's life is ruled by no law but Murphy's. It isn't long before a good deed for a strange man in a hat and a series of other seemingly random encounters lead Hudson into a bizarre murder investigation -- and a secret world of men she never knew existed. Hot on the trail of a mysterious chemical known as Adam 1, Hudson braves fistfighting goons, a testosterone-filled hunting expedition, libidinous chimps, and a convention of drugged feminists to solve her most challenging case yet. . ."


Social commentary/facts about testosterone and phermones, and their effect on gender roles infuses this deliriously-wacky and laugh-out-loud work with a distinctive tone, setting it apart from the other Robin Hudson mysteries. The bad guys aren't too hard to spot -- at least, they weren't for this reader -- but that's unimportant. The draw of reading this is just trying to figure out what the heck is going on!

Fun read, followed by The Chelsea Girl Murders.

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