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Hoffman, Andrew Jay

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ISBN 10: 1877946354 / ISBN 13: 9781877946356
Published by Permanent Pr Pub Co, 1992
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Beehive

Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Ron Stutzer has a girlfriend. Elizabeth has brains, beauty, money, and a powerful job. But when that job sends her to Beirut, she's taken hostage. She disappears into the rubble and waste and confusion of the Middle East. But what can Ron do? His alcoholic father has just swiped his credit card halfway through a three-week binge. The bees he keeps with his football-friend Jim have gone berserk. His co-workers at the Census Bureau need him. He never understood Elizabeth's intrigues at the Department of Defense anyway. And he and Elizabeth always had a policy of staying out of each other's families. Even when Elizabeth's wealthy influential father pulls all the strings he has, the government still will do nothing-either to help or to interfere. So he turns to Ron: Go to Beirut and rescue Elizabeth, his daughter, Ron's lover. Ron's on his own then, and learns what it means to be a hero. "Everything in BEEHIVE works-a powerful, intelligent, engaging suspense from first sentence to last." --Library Journal "A skillful first person narrative." --Publishers Weekly Andy Hoffman was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and continues to live there. He has taught literature and writing at Brown University and Central Connecticut State University, and has written for national and regional magazines and newspapers. BEEHIVE is his first novel.

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A hapless Census Bureau employee rescues his high-powered girlfriend from kidnappers in Beirut--in this frothy, amusing, but rather unambitious debut by a journalist and former writing teacher at Brown. Ex-football-player Ron Stutzer's job as Assistant Chief in the Housing Characteristics Division of the Bureau of the Census may not strike most people as a thrill a minute, but it's a far cry from his alcoholic father's dead-end factory existence, and Ron manages to amuse himself with outside interests. These include beekeeping on the farm property of a friend and former pro ballplayer, and taking care of Elizabeth--the extremely wealthy, work-obsessed Defense Department employee with whom he lives. When Elizabeth is sent on a special mission to Beirut and is taken hostage on the drive into town from the airport, Ron is jolted from his usual beekeeping tranquility and forced to play the role of valiant savior. Bankrolled by Elizabeth's father, a New York multimillionaire with business interests in the Middle East, Ron ventures into enemy territory to rescue his beloved. Encounters with gun-waving Lebanese children, paranoid American military officers, and bored upper-crust hashish dealers follow as Ron uses his knowledge of bee behavior to make his recovery. But though his brave and successful rescue attempt elicits the excited admiration of press and public back home, it also prompts a cool abandonment by both Elizabeth and her father. Well, you live and learn--philosophical Ron seems likely to profit from the experience in future colorful installments. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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