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THE MILE HIGH CLUB
By Kinky Friedman

Simon & Schuster, September, 2000 (223 pages)

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

The Kinkster meets a mysterious, beautiful woman on a plane from Dallas to New York. She seems to be resistant to his charms, but asks him to watch her pink suitcase while she goes to freshen up before landing. She never returns, apparently vanishing into thin air.

Airline personnel don't ask you if a stranger gave you anything while you were on the plane, so our boy walks off with the Barbie Doll-like bag and returns to his loft on Vandam Street. Not to worry, her phone number is on the case. When the number turns out to be disconnected, he still has faith that she will call him. She doesn't, but he starts getting strange calls from people purporting to be from the airline and the State Department, claiming that they have her luggage and that he should let them know if she calls.

She finally does, and he doesn't. Like Horton guarding the egg, the gallant Texan faithfully protects the lady and her luggage, even when mounting evidence indicates that she may be an international terrorist.

The Village Irregulars, having mostly forgiven Kinky for scamming them in his last adventure, pitch in to help when things heat up. Even the haughty Stephanie DuPont comes to his rescue, even though by accident, and saves his bacon and his hide when one set of bad guys show up. Rambam is in his element, kicking ass and taking names in between tailing Stephanie and her French boyfriend so that he can demonstrate to reporter McGovern how his state-of-the art survalence equipment works.

A lot of doo-doo hits the fan, not all of it the cat's, before the good guys triumph, as they always do in Kinky's tales. Once again, however, the cigar-smoking, Jameson's swilling detective loses the lady, and is left all alone in his drafty loft. Except for the cat, who, as always, says nothing.

This is vintage Kinky, silly and fun for those who don't mind scatological humor, political incorrectness, and irreverence. I don't, and I recommend the book to anyone else who doesn't take the world too seriously. As Kinky fan Bill Clinton says, "more, please, I need the laughs."

Other titles in this series include: BLAST FROM THE PAST and ROAD KILL .


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