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Lady slings the booze
Robinson, Spider.
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Publication Information:
New York : Baen, 2002.

Physical Description:
337 pages ; 18 cm
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X Adult Mass Market Paperback Popular Materials-Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Joe Quigley is a detective, although his employer continues to compare him to "that guy in the Pink Panther movies." Nonetheless, he sends Quigley over to the notorious interplanetary bordello run by Lady Sally, wife of time-traveling bartender Mike Callahan. But like Callahan's Place, the staff and clientele of Lady Sally's might be called on to save the world--with Quigley's help.

Author Notes

Science fiction author Spider Robinson was born in the Bronx, New York on November 24, 1948. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York. He began writing professionally in 1972 and has won numerous awards including three Hugos, one Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He is best known for his Callahan stories and for the Stardance Sequence, which he co-wrote with his wife Jeanne Robinson. He was selected by the Heinlein Prize Trust to write Variable Star, a novel based on a 1955 outline created by Robert A. Heinlein. He also worked as a book reviewer for Galaxy, Analog, and New Destinies magazines and his opinion column Future Tense has appeared in The Globe and Mail since 1996. In 2001, he released Belaboring the Obvious, a CD featuring original music. He currently lives in Bowen Island, Brisith Columbia, Canada with his wife.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is the book that might have emerged if John D. MacDonald's novel The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything (Fawcett, 1962) had been put in a blender with one of Robinson's Callahan time travel yarns. It's actually two novellas, probably tacked together by an editor well aware that novels sell better than story collections. In the first half, a private eye named Joe Quigley goes after a murderous time traveler who has been causing mayhem in a high-class whorehouse with a combination pocket watch/time machine. Later, Quigley is made privy to the existence of the time-hopping Callahans and tracks a nuclear terrorist planting subterranean bombs. (In all fairness, the MacDonald work is clearly cited as source material.) Fans of the Callahan series will probably want to read this, too, but it hurts to pay hardcover prices for a snappy title and a work that would have been more appropriately published as a paperback original. ~--Elliott Swanson

Publisher's Weekly Review

As the title of the second Lady Sally Callahan novel shows, Robinson ( Callahan's Lady ) has not lost his touch for puns. Unfortunately, he has lost his touch for character, plot and dialogue. This book is hilarious in places, but its disparate parts never merge as a whole. The story is disjointed, and there are long stretches where nothing relevant happens. Private detective Joe Quigley is hired to track down an invisible attacker at Lady Sally's brothel, and ends up saving the world from rabid pacifists who want to nuke it. In between, everyone makes love and makes puns. The characters are collections of eccentricities rather than real people. When they aren't busy punning and wisecracking, they are preaching at Quigley, whose main function is to be amazed at everything he sees. Near the end of the book the tone suddenly turns serious, and the change is jarring. Readers who feel a need to groan at Robinson's puns would be better off rereading his early Callahan collections (e.g., Callahan's Cross-Time Saloon ). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved