Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear (Matthew Hope Series #12)

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Overview

What's cuddly, cute, and the object of a high-stakes court battle? It's Gladly, a cross-eyed teddy bear: the brainchild of slightly cross-eyed beauty Lainie Commins, Matthew Hope's client and the litigant in a trademark dispute with toy company tycoons Etta and Brett Toland. Hope, still recovering from a near-fatal shooting, is certain he can win this case - until someone murders one of the key players. Suddenly Lainie is up for another trial, this time for homicide. While she vigorously denies any involvement in the shooting aboard the yacht Toy Boat, her story keeps changing, and the evidence against her mounts - until Hope discovers that Lainie is not only a toy designer with a complaint but also a participant in a most surprising sexual liaison.

Alex Hardy knows that doors can always be opened--you just need the right tools. The rising young New York burglar is ready for the jewelry heist of his life. There's only one problem. A door has been cracked open. It's a door inside of Alex, a door of love for a beautiful and honest woman. She's the only jewel he can't steal--and the one most likely to cost him his life. Reissue.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hero/narrator Matthew Hope, recovered from gunshots and a coma (There Was a Little Girl, 1994) and, true to his earlier resolve, practicing only civil law in (fictional) Calusa, Fla., represents the plaintiff in a suit involving the eponymous teddy bear, named after a mis-heard line in a hymn ("Gladly the cross I'd bear"). Young toy designer Lainie Commins is suing her ex-boss, toy manufacturer Brett Toland, for copyright and patent infringement, contending that his cross-eyed bear is a direct steal from hers. When Brett is found shot to death on his yacht, Lainie is arrested and charged with murder. She persuades Hope to represent her even as, we later learn, she commits the first legal sin, lying to her lawyer. From mansions to shacks and yacht club to sleazy venues for lingerie "models," McBain gives us a tour of Gulf Coast Florida that's seldom grand. Unable to reach his usual investigators (the main subplot has PI Warren Chambers urging his colleague Toots Kiley to kick her crack cocaine habit cold turkey), Hope hires 60-something Guthrie Lamb, an old-style PI with major male chauvinist traits. McBain, as he has for more than 40 years, keeps his readers riveted through this entire, satisfying tale. (Sept.)
Wes Lukowsky
Lainie Commins is a cross-eyed toy designer who appears to have struck it rich with a cross-eyed teddy bear she calls Gladly. Two major toy companies are bidding big bucks for the bear, but Commins' former employer, Toyland, is suing the designer, claiming she designed Gladly while on their payroll. Commins hires Florida lawyer Matthew Hope, recently recovered from a bullet-induced coma ("There Was a Little Girl", 1994), to plead her case. Meanwhile, someone murders Toyland honcho Brett Toland, and Commins becomes the top suspect. Soon Hope has a murder case on his hands and is forced to construct an elaborate, Simpson-like timeline defense. Though the Matthew Hope novels still play second fiddle in most readers' minds to the author's more-celebrated 87th Precinct tales, this "other" McBain series has developed a devoted audience. Fans will be ecstatic to see that Hope survived his coma--it wasn't a sure thing at the conclusion of "Little Girl"but they may find themselves a bit disappointed with this slightly tepid effort. There's nothing wrong with the book exactly, but it lacks the emotional intensity of its predecessor. Still, even McBain can't hit a grand slam every time, so fans should just be glad that Hope springs eternal.
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Matthew Hope has sufficiently recovered from his near-fatal shooting (There Was a Little Girl, 1994, etc.) to take on a copyright-infringement case for Elaine Commins, who swears that Gladly, the cross-eyed bear she's designed for her brand-new firm, Just Kidding, wasn't developed while she was working for Brett and Etta Toland of Toyland. They say she's lying; she says they're lying. Despite some nifty drawings showing how Gladly's eyeglasses apparently cure her strabismus, the case would be pretty dull if Brett Toland didn't get himself fatally shot shortly after the defense closes. Against his own advice, Lainie demands that Hope defend her on the Murder One charge (four eyewitnesses place her on Brett's yacht shortly before the shooting), and it's off to the races for Hope and Guthrie Lamb—the new investigator he calls when Warren Chambers and Toots Kiley don't answer the phone because Warren's forcing handcuffed Toots to go cold turkey on a borrowed boat 30 miles offshore.

McBain plays out every sweet spin—Hope's client has more cover stories than Brigid O'Shaughnessy—with a master's effortless delight in his craft. Irresistible.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780783818993
  • Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Matthew Hope Series, #12
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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