Simon and Schuster, Sep 2002, 24.00
For private sleuth working on more than one case at a time is just too much work. Yet now he is stuck with two distinct investigations in different parts of the country. The first case involves the search for a missing eleven-year-old autistic child, Dylan Weinberg, whose entire vocabulary consists of one expression "shnay". The other case focuses on a vanished cat in Texas.
For Kinky, the case he prefers to work on is the missing boy, not because he is altruistic, but because Dylan's sister Julia is a sexy siren. However, he finds himself at Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Texas seeking the lost Lucky whose owner Cousin Nancy Parker plans to call in the Feds of several nations if Kinky does not find her purloined feline soon. However, Kinky decides to work both cases with the hope his consoling Julia turns more into her consoling him.
The latest Kinky Friedman novel can be summed up in one word (not shnay, but kinky). The hero remains as irreverent and wild as ever and his support cast, including the irregulars as well as his current clients, enables Kinky to be wackier than ever. Fans of the series will fully relish his dividing time between Manhattan, the Texas ranch, and even Schenectady as he takes no prisoners in solving his cases.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner