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Talking to Richard

Gary Sherbell

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Neshui Publishing

Published : 2003

Copyright : Gary Sherbell 2003

ISBN-10 : PB 1-931190-47-X
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-931190-47-3

Publisher's Write-Up

A conservative NYC judge wakes up to discover that he's been cursed by a voodoo priestess: his penis has metamorphosed into the talking head of a famous radical lawyer who dies during the night (a personage who will remind many of the late William Kunstler). The two members of this involuntary odd coupling are poles apart on almost every issue, but they have one thing in common: as typical males they are determined to make maximum heterosexual use of the member they share...

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Review by Paul Lappen (310107) Rating (8/10)

Review by Paul Lappen
Rating 8/10
WARNING - Sexually Explicit (the novel, not the review:)

Steven Goren is an Administrative Law Judge in the Subway Division of the New York court system. He is the person who decides how much of a fine must be paid by people who jump the turnstiles or smoke on the subway platform. He has grown to loathe Richard Rankin, famous defence lawyer. Rankin does whatever he can to get his clients acquitted, usually by painting them as political victims or by playing the race card.

One night, sitting in a bar, Goren hears, and is very glad that, Rankin has died of a heart attack. An older black woman sitting next to him asks Goren to take back his words about Rankin. He refuses, not knowing that the woman is a voodoo priestess. The next morning, Goren finds that Rankin has been resurrected from the dead... as his, shall we say, male sex organ.

One can imagine the problems this can cause. The two come to an agreement, where Rankin stays quiet during the day, while Goren is at work. Rankin knows the priestess who did this, but refuses to take Goren to her until he gets a chance to properly say goodbye to his family.

Meantime, Goren has several sexual opportunities with other women. When Rankin cooperates, the sex for her is mind-blowing. Later, the two have a test of wills. When Rankin doesn't cooperate, the results are disastrous.

Rankin and Goren show Rankin's widow, Jane, everything, and the two have a final farewell of their own, with Goren in the background. Anne, Rankin's estranged daughter from his first marriage, eventually agrees to see Goren. She happens to be gorgeous, and Goren falls head over heels in love with her. But Rankin refuses to, in effect, have sex with his own daughter. Eventually, Rankin makes his peace with Anne (by tape recording) and takes Goren to the voodoo priestess to get the curse undone.

Get past the bizarre central premise, and this is quite a book. It's easy to read, and it's got something to say, including about liberal politics and the American justice system. For those who are not squeamish about sex and talking body parts, this is recommended.
Paul Lappen (31st January2007)

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