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From Larry King, host of CNN's Larry King Live and Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Thomas H. Cook comes a madcap caper about the bright lights and dimwits of Manhattan.

When the lovely Allison Vandameer concocts a scheme to get herself into film school against her father's wishes, she has no idea the forces she's unleashed. She and her political pundit/media megastar father, along with a cast of colorful characters who'd be equally at home in a Woody Allen movie, all ...

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From Larry King, host of CNN's Larry King Live and Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Thomas H. Cook comes a madcap caper about the bright lights and dimwits of Manhattan.

When the lovely Allison Vandameer concocts a scheme to get herself into film school against her father's wishes, she has no idea the forces she's unleashed. She and her political pundit/media megastar father, along with a cast of colorful characters who'd be equally at home in a Woody Allen movie, all unwittingly conspire to create a citywide web of intrigue, insanity, conflicting political values and personal agendas. The action takes them to the Plaza, to Queens, to Herald Square, to Tiffany, and into bars, bedrooms, Bergdorf Goodman and back, with everything culminating on live television in front of all of America in a dizzying climax that proves that love confuses all.

Author Biography: Larry King just celebrated his forty-fifth year in broadcasting. Millions watch his show Larry King Live nightly on CNN. He is the author of many books, including the national bestseller Love Stories of World War II.

Thomas H. Cook is an Edgar Award-winning master of crime fiction and was named one of Drood Reviews' Ten Best Mystery Writers of the Year.

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In this delightful farce-and such an animal is a rarity these days-the famed talk-show host and the veteran mystery author bite with gusto into the Big Apple; what they reveal will have readers laughing and shaking their heads in amazement. Allison Vandameer, the pretty, conniving daughter of famed and wealthy liberal TV commentator Arthur Vandameer, wants to go to film school, which Arthur doesn't want. Her solution: to fake an elopement with her brain-dead Puerto Rican boyfriend, aka Goonie, to panic Arthur and inflame his paternal love for her sufficiently to pay for film school. But when Goonie, being Goonie, mixes up the spot where he's supposed to meet Allison, the girl hatches a new plan: to disappear by hiding out at the home of Roy Bumble-a hotel doorman who hates living in Queens and who's looking for a big score-whom she meets as she's waiting for Goonie. Meanwhile, Charlie Moon, an arch-conservative veteran reporter for a city tabloid, has been ordered by his boss to write what is for Moon a humiliating article about residences with Central Park views, including Vandameer's; at Vandameer's place, Moon, who despises the liberal commentator, learns about Allison's apparent elopement and sees in it a way to destroy Vandameer. Throw in a bevy of other richly caricatured New York types, a slew of classic city locales and enough spins to make a whirling dervish dizzy, and you have classic farce. Rarely has a novel captured with such zest, mirth and affection the madcap crowd of players and wannabes, heroes and hucksters that teems within America's premiere city. The Bronx may be up and the Battery down, but in a story that moves as wildly as a speeding A train, the authors embrace both and all points in between, with a riotous tale that should have not just Gotham but all of America singing, "New York, New York, what a wonderful town!" B&w illus. not see by PW. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-A contemporary satire with the feel of a dated screwball comedy. Mayhem is wreaked in a metropolitan setting as the narrator's urbane wit pops open a Pandora's box of psycho-melodrama. Character by conniving character, chapter after quirkily titled chapter, stereotypes emerge and gain exaggerated momentum. In part or sum, the cast is foppish, frivolous, feisty, grumpy, dopey, and flatulent. Dialogue is at the epicenter of the plot, which hinges on the elopement-turned-self-abduction of a left-wing talk-show host's debutante daughter. Lines blur between antagonists and protagonists like headlights during gridlock traffic. It's hard to decide if someone is oafish or endearing, overbearing or embraceable, but the dubiousness adds to the fun. Foul play is of the yellow flag, sporting variety. The only acts of violence come from provoked punches and uncontrollable dyspepsia, heightening the spoof effect and YA appeal. Readers will enjoy knowing "who dun it" as they follow the clueless ensemble around NYC, waiting for everyone to converge. The authors affectionately poke fun at the Big Apple and the detective genre. It's a welcome change from gritty to nutty that YAs seem to lap up in the movies and will in this case, too.-Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780452285224
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Larry King
Larry King
LARRY KING is the host of CNN's Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in television talk show and the network's highest-rated program. The Emmy-winning King has been dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" (TV Guide) and "master of the mike" (Time). King also founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars and provided lifesaving cardiac procedures for nearly sixty needy children and adults.
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    Waste of time.

    Worse book I've ever read. I'm half way thru and I'm still waiting to get into the story. Anyone that bought the book should have their money refunded.

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