TOBIN IN TROUBLE
As the cover states - It's Super-Stud versus the MOB - so Russ is decked out in Trilby and suit - suggestively pointing a machine gun skyward from the crotch area. Russ doesn't get to tote a machine gun in the book (nor does he wear a hat) but he DOES get to be intimate with girls like this blonde with the 70s hair giving him the lusty look. 5/10 for accuracy - something tells me that Mayflower hadn't actually read the book when they commissioned the cover photo. Incidentally there is a trailer for "The Fly Boys" on the inside cover, as Stan's next big project about high-flying capers on supersonic jets!
TOBIN'S A REAL STRAIGHT SHOOTER! Tobin should've stayed in scorching Miami where Evie, the 40-23-36 owner of a sex supermarket insisted that Russ help her test the stock. In the interests of science, of course. But a mysterious package thrust at him in the night train to New York starts a series of hair-raising capers in which Tobim mixes with rival New York gangs, some classy diamond smugglers and an enterprising tennis ace, Buzz Malone. And that's before the train reaches New York. TOBIN'S In TROUBLE - BUT HE HAD IT COMING!! One way and the other, Tobin spends most of this adventure horizontal - in a spooky gothic amnsion and notably with Slinky Linka, whose physique and prowess makes Cat Woman seem like a girl guide. BUT TOBIN'S NO INNOCENT ABROAD...HE CAN HOLD HIS OWN...AND RUSS, WE'RE GUNNING FOR YOU!
In terms of PLOT this is probably the GREATEST of all the Tobin novels - a shame though that the cover notes mention diamond smugglers as the reader (and in fact Tobin) doesn't actually discover this part of the plot until very near the end (more evidence that the sub-editors at Mayflower hadn't actually read the book). Anyway - the book begins on 20th December (Russ is now 26), 4 days after Russ accidentally (and illegally) arrived in Miami after his 2 weeks in Nassau. Stan glosses over the fact that he was in police custody at the end of the last book! We never do discover exactly what happened there - but it can't have involved any love interest, so was surplus to the story requirements. So, Russ takes the midnight train from Miami to New York and accidentally receives a package which starts a chain of events culminating in a car chase to the Canadian border. Along the way he meets Buzz Malone - an Australian Tennis Ace en route to Canada for a tournament. Buzz will travel with Tobin for the next 4 books-worth of adventures! The story ends on Christmas Eve in Toronto with Russ about to commence employment with Hire-A-Guy as a Santa Claus in the local shopping mall!
Russ has a quick trip on the Fort Lauderdale ferry before he gets the New York train - here, and on Page 17 - he enthusiastically describes the ladies he encounters.
Page 52 - Russ gets to grips with Evie Shumaker - the highly sexed owner of a "sex supermarket" in Miami. Later on he gets jiggy with Slinky Linka at a party in Greenwich Village
Russ enjoys a cold beer on Page 6, but after two beers he decides it's time to go on to the shorts. The barman Hi Low knows Russ well enough to pour him a Vodka Tonic without prompting.
Page 27 - Russ tells Evie all about his travels and that he is "investigating life". That what you call it mate?
Less of the serious points and more of the out-right ACTION ADVENTURE!
Officially Gary's favourite Tobin book - and possibly mine too (if only because part of the fun takes place in New York - my favourite city). Great plot - and the first to feature top Tobin buddy - Buzz Malone. 11/10!!