Unwillingly to Vegas

Nancy Livingston, Author St. Martin's Press $16.95 (188p) ISBN 978-0-312-08329-8
In their less than satisfying seventh outing, that odd British couple--buxom, scatty barmaid Mavis Pringle and grumbling retired tax inspector G.D.H. Pringle--are lured to Las Vegas by a gang that plans a $23 million heist, using Pringle as fall guy. Paying more attention to the intricacies of the scheme--scheduled during a charity telethon presided over by Frank Sinatra--than to developing her characters, Livingston fails to fully exploit the potential ironies of two decent English villagers confronting Las Vegas-style greed. We know from the start that each of the four principals in the plan hopes to double-cross his partners, and we suspect that the flinty Pringle will find some way to foil their designs. The caper is distinctly unfunny, beginning with four murders and a dog whose throat is cut. Inappropriate Briticisms (``caravan'' for ``trailer''; ``I shall'' spoken by an American gangster) jar as Livingston ( Mayhem in Parva ) comes up lemons in Vegas. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 01/03/2000
Release date: 01/01/2000
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 314 pages - 978-0-7927-1487-3
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