Spanking Watson Paperback – 6 Sep 1999
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"Star-Telegram" (Fort Worth, TX)Kinky Friedman combines the deductive moxie of a Chandler or a Hammett with the boisterous irreverence of a stream-of-consciousness raconteur, and the blend is a pungent delight.
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How many lesbians can dance on the head of a pin? Kinky Friedman sure as hell doesn't know, but he's learning exactly how many it takes to send the geriatric plaster tumbling from the ceiling of his downtown New York loft. The culprit is one Winnie Katz, man-hating proprietress of a lesbian dance troupe that thunders daily through his waking dreams. And when Winnie won't even give it enough of a rest to let Kinky patch the hole, our hero, lost in a blue-gray haze of Irish whiskey and cigar smoke, takes drastic action. He pens an anonymous, threatening note, hoping -- as only one lost in an alcohol-soaked fantasy can hope -- to then step in as "Ace Private Big Dick" Friedman, and save the day, thus earning the undying gratitude of Ms. Winnie.
Besides, just as Sherlock Holmes had his Watson, the Kinkster needs a suitable sidekick, and what better test? He calls on each of his Village Irregulars to solve the case: reporter Mike McGovern; Dylan look-alike Ratso Sloman; investigator Steve Rambam; and his own lady love, the delicious Stephanie Dupont. But things get dicey when the bogus death threat turns all too real, and suddenly Kinky and his Keystone crime fighters find themselves dancing -- none too daintily -- for their lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The plot is minimal, but the book's strength lies in it's characterisation. It's well written, funny (especially the little Holmes story on the acknowledgments page) and a very good read. It's offbeat to the extent that the track has disappeared entirely, but ultimately satisfying even if the conclusion seems to be incredibly quick.
Kinky decides to strike back at his foe. His devious plan begins with a fake threatening note that he shows to several of his buddies, the Village Irregulars. He cons each of them to play "Watson" to his "Holmes" and infiltrate Winnie's apartment to irritate her. They even bug Winnie's place, but that disturbs Kinky because he overhears a male threatening to harm her. It is one thing for the Kinkster to threaten the woman with bodily harm, but unacceptable for anyone else. Kinky worries that his game has turned deadly and he might need to intercede.
SPANKING WATSON is the type of novel that readers will either totally love or absolutely trash. No one will remain neutral, which shows the talent of Kinky Friedman to make his audience react. Kinky the character remains irreverent as readers will consider his outlook either very droll or very sick similar to the reactions the audience had to the late Lenny Bruce. Watching Kinky pull his best Tom Sawyer on his friends is definitely entertaining regardless of taste. Fans of the series will take great pleasure with the return of the Kinkster.
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