The Midnight Examiner

The Midnight Examiner

by William Kotzwinkle
     
 

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Fantasist William Kotzwinkle takes readers on a wild ride in this thriller set in the sleazy world of the tabloids

Howard Halliday, the editor of the Midnight Examiner and the unlikely protagonist in William Kotzwinkle's latest novel, becomes embroiled with several shady characters, including a bloodthirsty crime lord and a porn queen in danger, who lead him into a

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Fantasist William Kotzwinkle takes readers on a wild ride in this thriller set in the sleazy world of the tabloids

Howard Halliday, the editor of the Midnight Examiner and the unlikely protagonist in William Kotzwinkle's latest novel, becomes embroiled with several shady characters, including a bloodthirsty crime lord and a porn queen in danger, who lead him into a bizarre escapade that rivals only the freakish headlines in the Midnight Examiner.

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Gloria Jacobs
This is a book filled with the usual roundup of cheerfully cracked characters, all good for a laugh . . . . ''The Midnight Examiner'' reads as if it were written by the staff of Mad magazine, in consultation with the cartoonist Robert Crumb. It has a kind of pop brilliance to it - but one that is easily tarnished by passages of goofy humor, giving what is often a very funny book the one-dimensional tone of the Sunday comics. . . . ''The Midnight Examiner'' is, on one level, a farce about violence, duplicity and greed, which it sometimes seems are standard byproducts of modern life. But the slapstick has consumed the message and left the humor to stand alone. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this frenetic, only sporadically funny sendup of the scandal magazine trade, the author of Fata Morgana and the popular novelization of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial , mistakes clutter for cleverness. Attached to a threadbare plot about the editors of a fifth-rate scandal sheet trying to save a friend from the clutches of a New York Mafia don named Tony Baloney are more madcap characters than one would want to encounter in 10 novels: wisecracking cabbies, a bubble-headed porn queen, an epileptic mad artist, and an exhausting assortment of soothsayers, goons and deranged editors. All have colorful names (Hip O'Hopp, Mitzi Mouse, Hattie Flyer) to match their personal oddities. Unfortunately, Kotzwinkle puts them through a screwball plot that's more strenuous than exhilarating. After a promising start which captures the desperate humor of people trapped in jobs that embarrass them, the novel gives way to a dogged procession of fistfights and chases, all narrated by a hack journalist in an I've-seen-it-all-and-then-some tone that runs out of comic steam long before the story ends. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This duo from 1976 and 1989, respectively, are both farces in their own way, except one is dead serious and the other dead funny. Dr. Rat (LJ 7/76) is a cry against animal experimentation told from the point of view of a veteran lab rat. The Midnight Examiner (LJ 4/1/89) follows the motley editorial staff of a tabloid including a bevy of sleazy reporters and a blowgun-wielding publisher.

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ISBN-13:
9780395498590
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1989
Pages:
256

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