Simon & Schuster, Sep 2001, 23.00, 208 pp.
The entire borough of Manhattan must be on vacation except for Kinky Friedman and his silent feline. Things look boring from every perspective until reporter Will Hoover calls to inform Kinky that one of his Village Irregulars Mike McGovern has vanished. Knowing the importance of taking care of your own kind, Kinky prefers boredom and ignoring Mike's disappearance.
However, that maniac Stephanie DuPont has to come home to bury her pain in butt mutt. In her delicate bull in a crowded midtown bar approach to life, Stephanie puts the pressure on Kinky to travel to that Pacific Island Hawaii where Mike disappeared while on a beach stroll. Joined by other friends, Kinky and Stephanie head to Hawaii only to be caught up in island folklore with Don Ho as their guide, but those are not Tiny Bubbles trying to sacrifice the New York mob.
The latest Kinky Friedman investigative tale is as wild, irreverent, and amusing as ever as the Kinkster gives Manhattan a break and takes out his charm on Hawaii. The change of scenery shows that Kinky can be placed in the middle of Wall St. or inside a volcano and still act the same. As usual in a Kinky tale, it is the characters and their facetious actions, reactions, and antics that light up an offbeat investigation. No question that the Islanders (that is Hawaiians) would want to not only deport Kinky and company back to that other island, but also keep him persona non grata for at least five lifetimes as this crowd is no Gidget Takes Hawaii crowd.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner