Lois Winston (author); ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN; Midnight Ink (Mystery) $14.95 ISBN: 9780738723471
Byline: Marlene Y. Satter
Anastasia Pollack crafts for a living, for a "second-rate general women's magazine sold at supermarket check-out lines." Petite but pear-shaped, she has a comfortable middle-class life with her "still-a-hunk" husband Karl, two sons, a cat, and a very educated bird that quotes Shakespeare. But the gorgeous Karl has dropped dead in a Vegas casino, after paupering the family and stealing $50,000 from a minor mobster, and Anastasia is left holding the bag -- er, old bag: Karl's Communist mother and her dog Manifesto (Anastasia calls him Mephisto, after his personality), who have been staying with the Pollacks since Lucille's own apartment went up in flames.
While still trying to cope with Karl's absence, Lucille's presence, and an empty bank account, Anastasia gets a call from said mobster, asking for Karl. She informs him Karl is dead; he demands she return the $50,000. Knowing to the penny the balance of the joint account she and Karl formerly shared, she, of course, refuses, telling him she's broke. The mobster, of course, replies with threats.
What follows is a comic tour de force of misanthropy, misdirection, and misdeeds. Anastasia is framed for the murder of a particularly nasty coworker, who is done in in Anastasia's own office, with Anastasia's own glue...