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Lunacy and Caprice (SIGNED)

Van Dyke, Henry

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ISBN 10: 0345342283 / ISBN 13: 9780345342287
Published by Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1987
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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1st Edition paperback original. SIGNED and inscribed by author on half-title page in year of publication. Bookseller Inventory # 007968

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Title: Lunacy and Caprice (SIGNED)

Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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While house sitting for a wealthy eccentric, Hugo Wolf, a film student at NYU, and Delphine Siegfried, his girlfriend, become involved in a series of events that lead to the discovery of a murder

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While Hugo, an NYU film student, is house-sitting for Florian, a quirky art collector, Florian's dog dies and Hugo takes its body to his Aunt Winifred, a friend of Florian, who has the dog stuffed by her taxidermist. When Florian returnsand learns to his shock and dismay of his pet's fateHugo is unwittingly dragged into a net of complex and intriguing erotic relations as well as conspiracies of thievery and fraud. Soon Florian hosts a masquerade party that goes afoul and winds up with a mystery hunt through Central Park that leads to the stuffed carcass of poor auntie. The novel turns sentimental at this point, when the series of misadventures proves to be a right-of-passage and moral awakening for Hugo. Although Van Dyke is a skillful writer, he shows such a lack of sympathy for his characters that the intimate becomes voyeuristic and the erotic obscene. And scenes such as the degutting of carcasses, described in graphic detail, are more perverse than silly, and too disturbing for healthy laughter.
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