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THE MIDNIGHT EXAMINER.

Kotzwinkle, William.

ISBN 10: 0395498597 / ISBN 13: 9780395498590
Published by HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON 1989, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED & dated in year of publication by William Kotzwinkle on the half-title page. Fine in dj. (B); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 12299

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Title: THE MIDNIGHT EXAMINER.

Publisher: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Fantasist William Kotzwinkle takes readers on a wild ride in this thriller set in the sleazy world of the tabloids

Howard Halliday, the editor of the Midnight Examiner and the unlikely protagonist in William Kotzwinkle's latest novel, becomes embroiled with several shady characters, including a bloodthirsty crime lord and a porn queen in danger, who lead him into a bizarre escapade that rivals only the freakish headlines in the Midnight Examiner.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this frenetic, only sporadically funny sendup of the scandal magazine trade, the author of Fata Morgana and the popular novelization of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial , mistakes clutter for cleverness. Attached to a threadbare plot about the editors of a fifth-rate scandal sheet trying to save a friend from the clutches of a New York Mafia don named Tony Baloney are more madcap characters than one would want to encounter in 10 novels: wisecracking cabbies, a bubble-headed porn queen, an epileptic mad artist, and an exhausting assortment of soothsayers, goons and deranged editors. All have colorful names (Hip O'Hopp, Mitzi Mouse, Hattie Flyer) to match their personal oddities. Unfortunately, Kotzwinkle puts them through a screwball plot that's more strenuous than exhilarating. After a promising start which captures the desperate humor of people trapped in jobs that embarrass them, the novel gives way to a dogged procession of fistfights and chases, all narrated by a hack journalist in an I've-seen-it-all-and-then-some tone that runs out of comic steam long before the story ends.
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