TOBIN AMONG THE STARS
Presumably a Hardback edition on WH Allen exists (never seen one) and paperback on Star as per all the other Tobin installments since "Hard Up"
At this point the Tobin novels (and the plethora of other Morgan titles on Star) were starting to re-establish a consistent design as during the Mayflower years, however this cover along with "Russ Tobin In Hollywood" are the ONLY Tobin jackets to feature full frontal nudity - a sign of the more liberated times or an attempt to sell more copies? You decide! The flame-haired lady (also the only other non-blonde/brunette along with Randy Comfort Rise Again?) is making no attempt to cover her ample bosom and only a stars 'n' stripes telephone obscures her ginger dignity! The gold metallic boots make her look like a partially dressed extra from Doctor Who! Who knows how much further they could have gone had the series not ended after this book, 10/10!
Tobin is in Hollywood, longing for a chance to show the world his unique star quality. Somehow, the movie moguls are unmoved.
Then Matt, who's affable, rich and well-connected, invites Tobin to an incredible weekend party in his luxurious mansion on Santa Catalina Island - and Russ begins to make a few connections of his own. It turns out to be the most demanding forty-eight hours of Tobin's life so far.
Those contacts may not lead him to an Oscar - but they're certain to make him an overnight sensation
The book commences on the Monday of Tobin's 4th week in LA and Russ is still at Sam & Barbie's pad in LA (although they are on vacation for two weeks) and he's waiting for that elusive call. Much like Stan described his own acting career back in the 60s - days spent sat waiting for a call, and just like that, Russ is pretty fed up, because he can't leave the house (a strange concept for the modern day where it's hard to imagine no mobile phones). Of course, as soon as he chances a quick swim in the ocean, he returns to hear it ringing. Managing to catch it just in time, he's thrilled to find that it's FINALLY Genevieve Holmeyer - his potential agent! Of course he pays her a visit that evening, and of course they have an instant chemistry and of course, they make sweet lurve. Even though it transpires that she's not really an agent as such, she just "knows a few people in the film industry". Returning home alone to the apartment, Russ spends another couple of days feeling miserable beside the silent phone, when on the Wednesday he finally takes a call from Matt Holden - the guy he met on the flight to the USA.
Page 16 - Love sees no colour as Genevieve Holmeyer's cute little African-American maid attracts Russ's attention with her "cheeky smile". However on Page 17 she is eclipsed by Miss Holmeyer herself!
Page 39 - Johnny Mathis is on the stereo and Russ dances with Genevieve. One thing leads to another and hey presto...Herc is unleashed (again!)
On Page 18 Russ has a beer, but on Page 30 he finally gets to the good stuff and a Vodka Tonic is poured, sunk and enjoyed!
Of course Russ recounts his situation and how he came to be there on the first couple of pages in the now obligatory manner.
Stan gives book publishers a particularly hard time (in the guise of Julie Kahn) - ironic given what was to happen shortly after this book came out. Other than that - we also learn that no matter what may or may not be around the corner, you should always follow your heart and deal with the consequences afterwards..
A tinge of sadness comes with finishing this book - knowing that there is no more to follow - it's a fairly routine Tobin book by all standards (most of the Tobin tropes are ticked...extravagant party, blue movies, multiple soul mates met, mild peril etc) but it's still pretty good - and as it stood unresolved for so long I'd say it deserves 8/10