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Kotzwinkle's comic novel tells the story of how the editor and staff of a sleazy publishing company specializing in a variety of sordid magazines, like “The Midnight Examiner,” which is a scandal sheet, tries to save an actress in porno films from the clutches of a Mafia boss. Howard Halliday, the editor, befriended Mitzi Mouse, the actress, when she modeled for one of his magazines. When she accidently shoots the gangster in the leg during a movie shoot, she comes to Halliday's office for help.

He mobilizes all the members of his staff to protect her, using a variety of comic weapons including a blow gun with poison darts and a fishing rod. Later Mitzi and one of the other editors is kidnaped, and the staff goes to the home of the gangster to try and save them.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   Mafia conflict    -   kidnapping Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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