Russ Tobin Uptight HARDBACK - click for a bigger version Russ Tobin Uptight PAPERBACK - click for a bigger version Russ Tobin Uptight PAPERBACK edition 2- click for a bigger version

  • Number Of Editions

 Hardback edition on WH Allen and 2 paperback editions on Star

  • Marks out of 10 for Cover

  It's a ladies hand with sexy bright red nail varnish, clutching a microphone (a Shure Unisphere 588SA for all the sound technicians out there) - and guess what? the microphone looks a bit like a penis. The hardback and paperback covers differ slightly in colour and typeface, as well as a slightly different photo of hand clutching mike.
As with the dreadful cover for Hard Up, the publisher seems to have initially shyed away from the semi-naked lady concept of most other Tobin books, but at least this time the picture does make sense in the context of the story. Although what we are supposed to take from the phrase "up tight" is not entirely clear. 3/10 A second edition paperback exists that matches the style of the subsequent two books, Tobin In Hollywood and Tobin Among The Stars - clearly they gave in and went back to the tried and tested formula. Plus if you look closely - she is holding a microphone...clever! 8/10

Having learned a lesson with Hard Up, the Publisher's seem to have rebranded Up Tight as Russ Tobin: Up Tight in order to make it clear that this was a Tobin novel (in the same two year span - Stan had also published a pair of Randy Comfort books, the Gabriel Horn book and the Albert Shifty book)

  • Cover Notes

Russ Tobin is off to Hollywood to try his fortune - he has his airline ticket but he still needs some extra cash. To this end he takes on some serious night-work : it's for a new well-rounded girlie magazine called THRUST and involves interviewing girls about their initimate sex lives.

Russ Tobin is never one to turn down a challenge and he approaches his new duties with gusto...His passionately breathtaking adventures will warm the cockles of every male chauvinist's heart as they accompany Tobin on this truly side-splitting romp.

ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD - If film buffs enjoyed the antics of Hope's and Crosby's Road To... movies, there's no guarantee that RUSS TOBIN UP TIGHT will evoke quite the same kind of hilarity - but then there was never a hero quite like Russ. Things happen to Tobin and with characteristic bonhomie he continues to make the mostest out of them.
HARD UP left our champion of amatory chance with an airline ticket to Twinkle City, that glittering magnet for disciples of decadence and would-be film stars, Hollywood. His problem - money to exist before the big break. No way, eventful as it turned out to be could a salesman selling sewing machines for ZIP Electrics of Kennington, hope single-handedly to beat the fall of sterling against the dollar. No way at all, until the Sits. Vac threw up a job with publishing entrepreneur, Cy Findecker. Then Russ Tobin's road to Hollywood opened up like the pulsating flood-gates of passion itself.

  • Brief Description of PLOT (if applicable)

 Erm..that's the plot in a nutshell - the action carries on immediately from the end of Hard Up with Russ and Dennis sat in the pub on the Monday evening, contemplating how Russ can earn enough to pay his way in Calfornia. He has his ticket to LA but is still living in Balham. He reckons he needs a grand for living expenses in Hollywood so he looks for another part-time job to supplement what he is earning with Zip Electrics in the day. Incredibly the first thing he applies for turns out to be interviewing young women about their sex lives for an ...ahem gentleman's magazine! And as if THAT wasn't a big enough stroke of luck...all of his interviewees turn out to be as keen on bedding Russ as they are telling their stories to him.

He interviews 3 women over the course of the week (each one takes place in the evenings - he's still trying to sell for ZIP during the day, but it's not going at all well..) and his first meeting on the Tuesday turns out to be a cunning trial set up by the business owner (definitely a plot point recycled from his first Escort job in Tobin Down Under). The lovely Charmian give Russ a perfect 10 and his further employment is confirmed. The Wednesday sees him set up to interview Penelope, who in turn gets her neighbour Katia involved in proceedings, leading to Russ's first ever menage-a-trois!

During his recovery the next day, while out selling, there is a strange digression in the plot whereby Russ thinks he's witnessed 2 murderers disposing of a body, and then finds himself in the middle of a jealous gay couple's argument that turns nasty, ending with him being thrown out of the house, vacuum cleaner and all. With that firm "no sale" he decides there and then to resign from his job with ZIP and concentrate on his evening "work".

His luck continues when Thursday's interviewee (Kelly) turns out to be, not only an Air Hostess (which we know is Russ's FAVOURITE kind of lady!) but also an ex-Miss California! And of course she is more than keen to hit the sack with Russ. The winning streak just keeps on giving as it THEN transpires that Kelly, NOT ONLY owns a beach house in LA which she insists on giving him the key to (thus negating his money worries) - but - he will also be sharing the beach house with two other Air Hostesses (Barbara and Samantha)..."they won't mind" Kelly tells him...quelle surprise! At this point, with our disbelief well and truly suspended...the adventure ends. Kelly is heading out on a long haul to Australia for 5 days, Russ is giving ZIP a week's notice and his date for departure to LA is set for a week on Friday.

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first eyes up a lady

 Page 12 - Russ arrives for his interview at THRUST Magazine and can't help but notice what a nice pair of "beachballs" the receptionist has..

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first gets to know a lady in the biblical sense

 Page 56 - Russ's first interview gets him somewhat worked up...luckily the lady in question feels the same way. As do all the other girls he interviews throughout. Did we expect any other kind of outcome?

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first drinks a Vodka Tonic

 First Page! Russ is in the pub as the story opens - enjoying a Vodka Tonic with Dennis.

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first reminisces about a previous adventure

 Dennis does some reminiscing on behalf of Russ on Page 6, but Russ delivers a full precis of his adventures during the interview at THRUST on Page 15

  • Serious points raised

 That some women enjoy pornography just as much as men and don't seem to have any problems talking to complete strangers about it! And also that there is no such thing as "too many Air Hostesses" in a story

  • Rating on the MORGANOMETER

  Not much goes on in the book except for the lengthy "interview-leading to the inevitable loving" chapters (much like the Male Escort storyline in Tobin Down Under, Stan comes up with a way of having Russ plausibly meet lots of frisky young women), but it does neatly ties up how Russ is going to be able to afford to live in Hollywood having secured his passage in the previous book. 7/10