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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

Chicago-based narrator Alex Reynolds, the self-proclaimed "queer-in-residence at the CIA," and his "husband," Peter Livesay, have been close friends and neighbors of Mason LaPere and his lover, Ryan Morton, for years. Despite the long-standing friendship, however, there are two things Alex can't stand about the couple: their West Highland terrier, Muffin, and Mason's beloved collection of antique dolls. Alex ends up inheriting both when he finds Mason brutally murdered and then a few days later, Ryan, killed by the same ritual method of evisceration. Peter, Alex and Alex's feisty British mum are stumped about the motive for the murders until they receive a visit from two State Department agents looking for a mysterious artifact that Mason may have bought while on a trip to Washington, D.C. The trio use their connections to CIA agent Larry Nelson to find out more about this arcane object and to uncover an Eastern religious order bent on protecting their sacred talisman by any means necessary. Suddenly, Alex and his friends find themselves ensnared in a web of international intrigue that stretches from Thailand to Chicago to D.C. and back. This third series installment (following Federal Fag) is packed with sharp humor and several well-placed jibes at straight society. The pace is quick, but the novel too often sacrifices substance for wit. Readers whocan forgive the archness as well as the overly ambitious attempt to cast two upwardly mobile gay men and one's mother as CIA moonlighters will find this to be a very entertaining read. (June) (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.