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National Nancys
Hunter, Fred.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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232 pages ; 22 cm
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Alex Reynolds and his lover Peter discover that some friends of theirs have been killed over their (accidental) possession of a stolen religious artifact. Now Alex, Peter, and Alex's mother, have inherited their friends annoying dog Muffin - as well as plenty of danger - when the killers start to believe that Alex and his family now possess the missing artifact.

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Booklist Review

Alex Reynolds, his lover, Peter, and Alex's unflappable British mum, Jean, are such appealingly droll sleuths that their capers are hard to resist. So don't. In their new adventure, none of them is working, as is occasionally the case, with the CIA; they are on their own investigating the ritualistic slayings of two friends found disemboweled in their apartment. Alex has inherited, less than enthusiastically, not only the pair's little dog, Muffin, but also the doll collection one had, which contains the clue to the whole deadly affair. Detective Billings blusters his homophobic way through the case, which eventually falls into the purview of police commander Frank O'Neil, Jean's former boyfriend, and then, of CIA boss Larry Nelson. But the bosses play second fiddle to Hunter's engaging trio of crime busters, who are so amusing that they compensate for a rather transparent plot. With Washington, D.C., and a Buddhist temple as colorful backdrops, the latest in this series cries to be filmed. --Whitney Scott

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Alex Reynolds and lover Peter Livesay volunteer to help liberal Democrat Charlie Clarke run for the U.S. Senate, investigating murder soon takes priority over stuffing envelopes in this witty gay political caper, the author's fourth (after Capital Queers). Given Clarke's support for gay rights, his staff aren't surprised to receive threatening phone calls or a package containing a dead rat, but when a bomb destroys Chicago campaign headquarters early one morning, killing the fiercely loyal lesbian office manager, everyone is badly shaken. Meanwhile, Simon Tivoli, a suave Englishman in town on some rather vague business, has been romancing Alex's mother, whose seeming infatuation with her admirer infuriates her son. Forensics never enters the case as Alex and Peter go undercover, hired by federal agents who've used their services in the past, to try to solve the crime. Though they focus on their fellow campaign workers, they can't rule out the right-wing Republican senatorial candidate or even Simon, who with Alex's mother visited Clarke's headquarters the day before the bombing. Once they get wind of a videotape that's potentially political dynamite, the pair become the next targets for murder. While playing much of the story for laughs (Alex thanks Peter for "keeping me on the gay and narrow"), Hunter has some serious points to make about gay relationships and the ethics of outing, as well as honesty and integrity in politics. The far from easy or predictable denouement leaves the reader with some sobering food for thought. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Lovers Alex Reynolds and Peter, who live with Alex's British mum in Chicago, are stunned by the murder of a nearby gay friend who collected pricey dolls. Whoever killed the man trashed the doll collection looking for something; not finding it, he returned and killed the guy's lover. Alex, Peter, and Mum mount an offensive when the perps and government agents accuse them of hiding the "stolen" object. Lots of talk and not a little action ensue despite the lean plot, but fans of the series (Federal Fag) will fall for Alex's loquacious jabber, Peter's calm support, and Mum's lively intelligence. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.