heads Author:edward stewart When a dapper sportsman beheads New York's most eminent musicologist on a squash court, when a Peruvian sun priestess turned tramp decapitates an Episcopal rector on the Long Island Rail Road-could it be mere coincidence that the two victims collaborated twenty years earlier on the Eli College musical, "In the Bag"? — The Police assign their top-... more »ranking crossword-puzzle enthusiast to handle the case. Benerated Eli College hires an alcoholic public-relations alumnus to handle the police. Before the last head is lopped off, the two sleuths have uncovered a variety of women, priests, rabbis, transvestites, broken hearts, and catchy old tunes. For an encore they even come up with two different solutions.
A grotesque bevy of assorted misfits, eccentrics, oddballs, and red herrings all work together-or apart-to make Heads one of the most hysterically funny, bizarre novels of recient years. On the one hand, this "Entertainment" is the balckest of black comedies, satirizing everything from Ivy League theatricals, where "boys will be girl," to the internecine machinations of the New York Police Department; on the other, it is a whodunit of the highest order.« less