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Mr. Right [Paperback]

Carolyn Banks
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In her introduction to this new edition of her first novel, Banks (A Horse to Die For, etc.) tells us that when the manuscript was making its rounds two decades ago, one reader labeled the book "a smartass parafeminist psycho-erotic thriller." Banks goes on to say, "You can tell that times have really changed, because now it can be that officially, with those words right smack on the cover"--and indeed they are. After 20 years of other openly erotic and outspoken heroines, does this novel stand out as anything but a historical genre icon? The answer is a qualified "yes." Banks's heroine, Lida, is a fully realized and very sympathetic character, too smart for her job of teaching English at a community college in the Washington, D.C., area and constantly looking for love in the wrong places. That her Mr. Right turns out to be a reclusive novelist and self-confessed murderer works well as a plot device. Banks's eye for details of character and relationships was sharp even then: "Jerry's big voice filled the hall. He was an associate professor in the Geography Department and spoke every word as if it had seismic significance." The sex scenes are indeed erotic, if not particularly startling. The only part of the novel that comes across as dated, in fact, is its "parafeminist" agenda. Today, it's common knowledge that women want good sex on their own terms--a knowledge spread in part through novels such as this one.

Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Raunchy, whacked-out, not for the faint of heart July 14 1999
Format:Hardcover
The novel opens with explicit sexual description that is also funny and continues in this way throughout. It's hardly a conventional mystery, though there is a murder that involves a mysterious,reclusive author. Of the plot, the less said, the better. The main characters are two female English teachers in a community college in the Washington, D.C. area; the clientele is mostly minority. These students are being offered a Milton course. The novel has something of the flavor of Fay Weldon but is a little cruder and rather more vulgar. Fun if the reader doesn't mind the raunch and isn't expecting a standard mystery.
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But I'm the author, so you may want to seek a less biased opinion. Actually, this book is my first, originally published 20 years ago and now being reprinted. It's sexier than any of my mysteries, but the wise-a** humor will be familiar. And my husband, Davis McAuley, did the cover!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Jan. 4 2000
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Right is an absolutely delightful dose of depravity. The juxtaposition of suspense, sex and humour keep you continuously off balance from the beginning to the end. No review could possibly do justice to this one of a kind mystery novel. You simply have to read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Raunchy, whacked-out, not for the faint of heart July 14 1999
By jkennedy@ircc.cc.fl.us - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The novel opens with explicit sexual description that is also funny and continues in this way throughout. It's hardly a conventional mystery, though there is a murder that involves a mysterious,reclusive author. Of the plot, the less said, the better. The main characters are two female English teachers in a community college in the Washington, D.C. area; the clientele is mostly minority. These students are being offered a Milton course. The novel has something of the flavor of Fay Weldon but is a little cruder and rather more vulgar. Fun if the reader doesn't mind the raunch and isn't expecting a standard mystery.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best smart-a** parafeminist psychoerotic thriller ever. Jan. 6 1999
By studio@onr.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
But I'm the author, so you may want to seek a less biased opinion. Actually, this book is my first, originally published 20 years ago and now being reprinted. It's sexier than any of my mysteries, but the wise-a** humor will be familiar. And my husband, Davis McAuley, did the cover!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Jan. 4 2000
By True Crime Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Right is an absolutely delightful dose of depravity. The juxtaposition of suspense, sex and humour keep you continuously off balance from the beginning to the end. No review could possibly do justice to this one of a kind mystery novel. You simply have to read it.
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