Nice Girls Finish Last (Robin Hudson Series #2)

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At thirty-seven, with one failed marriage and several lousy dates behind her, Robin Hudson is working on a new attitude - a Positive Mental Attitude. Sure, she's still toiling away in the tabloidesque Special Reports unit at the All News Network for her loathsome boss, Jerry Spurdle. But, amidst rumors of cutbacks and a new company ban on smoking even outside the office, this beautiful, opinionated, and rather clumsy third-string reporter thinks a good attitude might improve her karma. Besides, she's added to her...
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At thirty-seven, with one failed marriage and several lousy dates behind her, Robin Hudson is working on a new attitude - a Positive Mental Attitude. Sure, she's still toiling away in the tabloidesque Special Reports unit at the All News Network for her loathsome boss, Jerry Spurdle. But, amidst rumors of cutbacks and a new company ban on smoking even outside the office, this beautiful, opinionated, and rather clumsy third-string reporter thinks a good attitude might improve her karma. Besides, she's added to her personal defense system a new favorite weapon - a hot-glue gun with two settings, stream and spray - so what could go wrong? Then her gynecologist is murdered, and Jerry sends a reluctant Robin to do a Special Report investigating a link with the S&M sex-club underworld. In the meantime, nutty fans may be on their way to New York, and someone is taking potshots at ANN's male talent. Are the shootings connected to the murder of the doctor? To Robin? Her Positive Mental Attitude hanging by a thread, Robin must solve this mystery - or she may never have another date.

When her gynecologist is murdered, third-string reporter Robin Hudson is sent by her boss to do a Special Report investigating a link with the S&M sex-club underworld. In the meantime, nutty fans may be on their way to New York, and someone is taking pot-shots at the All News Network's male talent. Are the shootings connected to the murder of the doctor? Or to Robin? 256 pp. Targeted ads. Author tour.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's not easy being a recently divorced 30-something woman in the Big Apple. But Robin Hudson, the sexy, flippant reporter for a nightly tabloid TV show who was last seen in What's a Girl Gotta Do?, has more reason to complain than most. Someone is undermining her social life by taking pot shots at her dates, who are hard enough to come by in the first place. And, as if that's not worrisome enough, her job's on the line, forcing her- a woman who grows poison ivy in her window boxes-to be unnaturally nice in the office. Her chirpy new persona is quickly put to the test when her gynecologist is found handcuffed in his office with a bullet hole in his head and a matchbook from a well-known S&M club by his side. Robin's sleazy boss wants her to investigate the story, with special emphasis on the S&M angle, even as she tries to avoid her bible-toting Aunt Maureen, who, in town for a church convention, hopes to place her niece on the straight and narrow permanently. Hayter, who has worked for CNN and WABC, has a splendid time spoofing egos on both sides of the camera. While readers will remember her giddy plot for about as long as a sound byte, her wry observations about the news world will resonate a bit longer. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Robin Hudson, the renegade, investigative reporter of What's a Girl Gotta Do? (LJ 1/94), has traded some of her flounce for a chance at job security. Her boss at the All News Network (ANN) orders her to investigate the alleged sadomasochistic connections of a gynecologist who was murdered in the ANN building. Instead, Robin concentrates on the murder itself. She rankles at suppressing her true nature, but succeeds in uncovering the perpetrator's treacherousness. Hayter's approach is ambitious, but the identity of the murderer is discovered too slowly. The crazy media characters in her subplots compensate for this weakness. Recommended.
Kirkus Reviews
It's not exactly encouraging for All News Network reporter Robin Hudson (What's a Girl Gotta Do?, 1994) when the only man to have seen her naked in months, gynecologist Herman Kanengiser, is shot dead in his office, on the 27th floor of ANN's own building. But things rapidly get much worse. Soon after a matchbook found in Dr. Kanengiser's office takes Robin to the dungeon of Mistress Anya, head of the Marquis de Sade Society, several other ANN stalwarts manage to get themselves shot at shortly after spending quality time with Robin, and the police start to look at her as an S/M Calamity Jane. Worse still, her dreaded aunt Maureen, asteam with moral righteousness, is on her trail. Caught between the likes of Mistress Anya and Aunt Mo, Robin, who describes herself as "Jerry Lewis's nutty professor . . . in the body of Rita Hayworth," doesn't so much investigate as stumble over the untidy solution to the mystery. But if the killer is negligible, the tableau of Robin and Aunt Mo fleeing in bondage gear from a man glued to a sofa is one of the most memorable climaxes you'll ever be glad you're not a part of.

Sassy and bright, with real laughs at the end of the funny lines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140245165
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Robin Hudson Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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