By Thomas Berger
In who's Teddy Villanova?, Mr. Berger turns for the 1st time to the private-eye mystery, as practiced through the masters Hammett and Chandler. The seedy workplace . . . the down-at-heel detective . . . and more.In who's Teddy Villanova?, the solid of characters would appear taken from the roster of recognized intercourse offenders maintained through the police of each significant American city—the monstrous sadist Gus Bakewell; Donald Washburn II, possibly the scion of a prosperous relatives, definitely an exhibitionist; old fashioned slumlord Sam Polidor; glossy, blonde Natalie Novotny, without doubt greater than the airline stewardess she pretends to be; pneumatic Peggy Tumulty, who hails from Queens; Russel Wren, reluctant hero and garrulous narrator of the story (in a rococo sort reminiscent through turns of Thomas DeQuincey, Thomas Babington Macaulay, and Sir Thomas Malory, yet not anything like that of Thomas Berger's prior work); a covey of wicked college ladies; and a styful of undercover police officers, to call just some of the principals. yet over all of them falls the evil shadow of the elusive Teddy Villanova, grasp felony, undies fetishist, archenemy of social meliorism, and, although most likely a foreigner, a habitu\u00e9 of a diseased new york that Mr. Berger (who felt completely at domestic there) drew from the residing version earlier than rusticating himself on an island in Maine.
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Her stomach rumbled and reminded her that the first order of business was breakfast. She’d think about the bath and bolting later. Charlotte followed Bay down the carpeted stairs. Her boots were probably ruined after spending the night out of doors, and now she didn’t have a nightgown either. There were any number of things she wanted to speak to Bay about, but her mama always said a man had to eat before he could think. The sideboard was spread with enough food to feed every mistress on the street.
He had no hesitation to punish her for her sister’s transgressions—if one thought that hours of sublime sensual pleasure was punishment. Charlotte put an ear to the bedroom door and listened for any movement. A pleasant lingering of cheroot smoke drifted into her nostrils, but the house was dark and silent save for the steady ticking of the clocks. The timepiece in the cherub’s stomach at her bedside told her it was gone on eleven. He must have left while she availed herself of the discreetly screened commode chair in the dressing room.
And then it hit her. Deb had teasingly spoken about making off with Bayard’s paintings. Said they were valuable. Lord knows, there were enough of them all through the downstairs rooms. There were breasts and bottoms and nipples and nooks on every wall, some near to life-size. But the artwork on the stairs was a manageable size, as was the one hanging directly below it. Charlotte could take them down herself, cut the canvas from their frames, and sell them. All she needed was enough money to hide out for a few weeks.
Who Is Teddy Villanova?: A Novel by Thomas Berger