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Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Last Manly Man

**** The Last Manly Man by Sparkle Hayter. Mystery.

I had read the first three books of this series quite a long time ago. I'm not sure why this fourth book ended up stuck in my TBR pile for so long, nor why I never picked up the fifth.

Reporter Robin Hudson begins this story in a great place--she's been made the head of Special Reports at the All News Network, and her love life is looking up. Then she encounters an apparently disoriented man in a hat. The man hands her his hat and makes a couple of nonsensical statements before he's whisked away by a couple of men in a limo.

When an unidentified body turns up, she's sure it must be the man in the hat. Suddenly, everything seems to be going wrong. Her division is on the line, and Robin needs a story bigger than the Man of the Future series she's been working on to save it. And she suspects she's--again--in the middle of a murder case.

The more she investigates, the more complicated things get, what with militant environmental activists, missing bonobo chimps, extremists in the war between the sexes, and somebody seems to be out to get her for something she hasn't even done.

The story is full of twists and turns and a lot of humor. I think I'll have to look for The Chelsea Girl Murders.


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