On the trail of the transvestite rapist who has been targeting random members of Hinton's gay community, Lieutenant Anna Blessing and Detectives Mike Annunzio and Scilla Carmody begin to suspect that the suspect's modus operandi includes more than rape.
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A transvestite rapist of both male and female gays is on the loose, and the one thing all his victims have in common is a subscription to a gay newspaper. So formidable, obese Anna Blessing of Hinton's Third Precinct assigns the detective team of Mike Annunzio and Scilla Carmody to the case. While Mike wrestles with tempering his ingrained chauvinism and Scilla teeters between lecturing him and admitting to a love for him, Scilla's retired-cop dad interferes with their decoy setup, and Mike almost loses an eye; Scilla abandons her professional training and shoots to kill; and the perp dies, but not before admitting to a far-fetched motive for turning to rape attired in crinolines, a bouffant wig, and spike heels. Despite the bizarre motive and the overemphasis on the unattractive eating habits of the 300-pound Blessing, this tetchy police procedural is strong on characterization, precinct house ambiance, and the personal ambiguity that makes cops unheroic. Downbeat, with a pronounced feminist sensibility from the author of Class Porn (1987). -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Despite occasional insights into homosexual views and behavior, Hite's latest ( Class Porn ) is plagued by detectives who rely heavily on unconvincing leaps of intuition, overlong question-and-answer sessions that go over well-trod ground, and bumpy transitions that make the plot difficult to follow. The city of Hinton is beset by a rapist who probably has AIDS, dresses in female clothing and attacks only homosexuals--male and female. Detectives Mike Annunzio and Scilla Carmody and Lt. Anna Blessing battle the skepticism of the gay community, whose members question how seriously the cops are trying to apprehend the rapist, and the indifference of a few older members of the police force who see the crimes as low priority. The investigation snakes in and out of Mike's thoughts about his shaky marriage, Scilla's problems as the daughter of a cop and Anna's rise on the police force, often distracting the reader from the main thrust of the story and blunting the suspense as well as the author's sometimes astute social commentary.
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