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by Sparkle Hayter

From the author of What's a Girl Gotta Do? comes the hilarious new adventure of Robin Hudson.

On paper at least, things couldn't be better for Robin Hudson, the sassy, young Rita Hayworth-looking, sexy; and opinionated tabloid TV reporter for All News Network. Suddenly successful, she gets to boss other people around in her job, and she has more men than she knows what to do with. Then a series of seemingly random encounters, and one strange dead guy, lead Robin into the secret world of men and onto the trail of a mysterious chemical known as Adam One. Before it's over, she'll have to brave a macho hunting expedition, fistlighting thugs, and a convention of drugged feminists. Meanwhile, men's social conditioning and women's own sexism don't escape Robin's sharp eye. The Last Manly Man is a comedy, a mystery; an unorthodox love letter to men, and as a bonus, offers some practical how-to advice on finding and han-dling success in a "man's world."

Download The Last Manly Man: A Robin Hudson Mystery epub
ISBN: 0688169724
ISBN13: 978-0688169725
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Sparkle Hayter
Language: English
Publisher: Quill; First Edition edition (August 4, 1999)
Pages: 260 pages
ePUB size: 1693 kb
FB2 size: 1939 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 129
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Entertaining characters, crazy plot, some interesting observations about men, and the boy/girl dynamics.
This is an older mystery, which is not as good as some of Hayter's other Robin Hudson mysteries, but it still made me laugh. I was just happy to find one of Sparkle's Hudson mysteries I hadn't read. Hayter's characters make up for the crazy plots.
WHERE ROBIN HUDSON goes, dead men follow. In "The Last Manly Man," the fourth installment in Sparkle Hayter's mystery series, TV journalist Hudson's chance run-in with a mysterious death leads her to a brewing conspiracy ag ainst nothing less than man- and womankind. Unable to turn her back on her globa l responsibilities - and desperate for a story big enough to save her embattle d Special Reports unit at the station - Robin puts her life and romance(s) on hold to chase after bad guys and save some libidinous primates. The result is a clever, careening romp through New York City streets and the backbiting, bureauc racy-ridden world of corporate media, interspersed with callow eco-terrorists. Mystery fans won't be disappointed to find that Hayter once again meets the g enre's demands: fast-paced plotting, witty dialogue, fleshed-out characters and enough red herrings to distract from the real villains and maintain suspense. Bu t even readers who don't particularly take to whodunits are likely to enjoy the misanthropic Robin Hudson, "born after Sputnik and before color TV transmis sion." She fails as often as she succeeds, but manages to crack wise in eit her situation. For instance, at the brink of the story's climax, the bad guy s capture Robin and administer sodium pentothal, truth serum. She tries to resis t divulging critical information by concentrating on speaking whatever comes to her mind (which, very shortly, raises the question of who's torturing whom): "I just farted. I really do like Hanson. . . . My nose is itchy. I'm not a ver y good reporter. I screen my phone calls. My favorite Monkee was Davy Jones. My second favorite Monkee was Mike Nesmith . . ." This confessional banter builds no bonds between Robin and her captors, but there are those who find a c ertain charm in her wacky embrace of life. These fans include her downstairs nei ghbor, Sally, who runs a psychic hotline and monitors Hudson's aura, and the Ted Turner-esque Jack Jackson, Robin's boss ! at the fictitious ANN network, who calls her up to ask such questions as how exa ctly Robin pees standing up (a talent she claimed during a drunken tete-a-tete). One of our heroine's most endearing qualities is that she doesn't alwa ys get it right. She's messed up on the job enough times that she's punished wit h a staff that consists of everyone else's rejects: a litigious associate produc er, a production assistant with a stultifying case of low self-esteem, a hypocho ndriacal tape editor and interns dumped by the other news teams. Nor does Robin have it together in the romance department, ready and willing to blow off her tw o paramours even when they're desperate to talk to her, desperately unhappy or d esperately ready for the horizontal cha-cha for which Robin repeatedly proclaims great affection. "The Last Manly Man" makes for perfect reading ov er a beach weekend or a transcontinental flight. Hayter mixes welcome escapism a nd current affairs (still-timely topics such as White House interns, Rudy Giulia ni's "quality of life" campaign and news media gossip all make cameo a ppearances). The author's own biography might explain her adept balance between frolic and social commentary: A former TV journalist who covered the Afghan War, she has also logged time as a stand-up comic. Who knew the two vocations could find such a perfect fit?
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Will success spoil Robin Hudson? Robin is rapidly climbing to the top ever since she spent a night of drinking with the CEO of All News Network. Now, Robin is a crack reporter who heads the special reports unit of ANN.
Instead of resting on her laurels, Robin continues to be an investigative reporter as she chases down a new street drug, Adam 1, which has a weird effect on the genders. It turns males into testosterone, chest beating Tarzan, while making women into docile servants. Before long, Robin finds herself abducted and taken to a nearby facility where illegal chemical research is being performed on chimps and now Laurel. Still, it remains for ANN's top reporter to find a way to stop a master villain from releasing Adam 1 into the air conditioning vents at a feminists' convention.
As with her previous Hudson stories, Sparkle Hayter scribes a witty satire that mixes a bit of speculative fiction with a wonderful mystery. The story line is a fast paced romp and Robin is a brilliant character. However, it is Ms. Hayter's ability to strip the genders that turns THE LAST MANLY MAN into a rousing, ironic battle between the sexes.

Harriet Klausner
In hopes that her next work would be better, I read and finished The Last Manly Man by Sparkle Hayter while on vacation this week. It was definitely better than the last novel of hers, so I'll keep her on my favorite author list.
In this story, Robin Hudson is approached by a man who she doesn't know, but who gives her a hat and an address before being abducted off the street by some thugs in a limo. She attempts to find the address to return the hat, but it's bogus. A couple of days later, the guy turns up dead in the waters off Coney Island, and she wants to figure out what happened. A number of people now appear to be after her, and they think she knows some secrets that were passed on by the dead guy. Throw in animal rights activists, vegetarians, missing horny bonobo chimps, and radical feminism (yes, it all fits), and the story gets wacky, crazy, and deadly at the end.
I continue to enjoy the craziness of the story lines that Hayter puts out, as well as the attitude of the lead character as she tries to steer clear of dead bodies and develop some type of relationship with any guy she can find. While this isn't a "deep" novel with a moral or anything, it is a fun read that will provide a few hours of entertainment.