Being a conservative person
with very strong feelings about adultery and abortion, I had some problems
with the plot of Jerome Doolittles latest Tom Bethany mystery, Head
Lock. But there is no denying the appeal of the caper Bethany creates once he
sets his sights on a television evangelist with political aspirations who
uses religious blackmail to keep his flock in line. Bethany draws a bead on
the Rev after the Rev makes serious trouble for Bethanys lover, Hope,
and her family and drives a pregnant teen-ager to suicide. Bethany recruits
from his circle of strange friends and enlists the aid of a young man who
truly cared about the dead girl. What they do to the Rev is imaginative,
highly successful and has some truly unsuspected--and blessed--side
Head Lock contains some of the most
scathing satire of ultraconservatives since Richard Condons glory days.
Conservative Republicans with high blood pressure should steer clear.
If theres a die-hard
Democrat on your Christmas list who delights in books that bash Bush, Reagan
and just about every other Republican since Harding, Jerome Doolittle has
provided the perfect gift with his new Tom Bethany mystery, Head Lock.
Its a very funny book that never forgets it is dealing with a very
The characters, like John D.
MacDonalds, are well-drawn for maximum plausibility. MacDonald fans should
not be much disappointed--unless they re Republicans.
Slick, liberal, vigilante pap.
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