Hardback edition on WH Allen and paperback on Star
Hurrah - a return to the semi-naked lady theme! This time it's a cheerleader in an Uncle Sam outfit - except with no panties on and holding a GIGANTIC cotton bud! She looks a bit like Farrah Fawcett - which was probably a HUGE selling point in 1978. Hey - she doesn't look bad even now! In the paperback version she is lying back and baring her funny-shaped breasts (the first Tobin novel to feature two full-on female nipples on the cover!) whilst in the hardback version she is lay on her front showing us her perky late 1970's buttocks! For some reason the paperback version has the words "On The Way Up" underneath the picture - which is the exact same tagline as was used in "A Blow For Gabriel Horn"... Anyway - enough pointless trivia - we give her..I mean it 8/10
Stanley Morgan has a phenomenal record for writing best-sellers - starring heroes like Russ Tobin, Gabriel Horn, the Fly Boys and Albert Shifty - and has over three million readers. In "Russ Tobin in Hollywood" his intrepid hero is "California Dreamin"
Tobin is in Twinkle City at last, heading out in his hired car for a plush house on Santa Monica Beach and two slinky air-hostesses who will provide the last word in hospitality and go to any lengths to entertain him. He's going to swim and surf, hang around the movie lots and just wait for someone to uncover his talent, and with Tobin that won't take more than five minutes.
But for newcomers, Los Angeles is not just a city of tinsel dreams, but also a city of mystery - if Russ doesn't find the right exit from the freeway system soon, he may never reach the beach or the amorous air-hostesses at all...
So Tobin makes it to Hollywood and promptly gets himself arrested. Air-Hostess Sam gets him out of jail and the inevitable shag occurs - not before Russ gets jealous of her relationship with "Harold" - which turns out to be the cat! Russ gets arrested AGAIN the next day and meets Air-Hostess #2 Barbie. She takes him to a wild swinging Hollywood party held by the latest rock-star phenomenon "Little Bo Creep". Russ isn't really enjoying the party and at one point describes it as a "cuntish cauldron"! Then he meets a girl and has some sex - she disappears and he meets another girl who takes to him to see a blue movie. Just as they are about to get down to the business - Russ realises that she is a FELLA! As free-thinking as our hero may be - that is NOT ON so he storms out. Shortly after this he gets arrested AGAIN, and the book ends with his first contact with the Hollywood Agent and possible stardom??
Page 8. Russ is at the check-in desk at Heathrow and he mentions that the girl at the desk has "big lumps" in her sweater!
Not until Page 73 - but we can forgive Russ - he's just had a 13 hour trans-atlantic flight and been arrested. He does well to pull at all!
Shockingly NO vodka tonics at all in this episode. On the plane he gets in the Yankee mood by drinking Budweiser with his new flight companion Matt Holden.
Russ gives a comprehensive breakdown of how he came to be at Heathrow Airport on his way to LA on the very first page.
That the Police in Los Angeles are RIGHT bastards and big stars are generally a bit crap.
A lot more "plot" going on than in the previous couple of books - certainly some great comedy moments (particularly the point when Russ realises that Herc is in the hands of a BLOKE!) So I think a respectable 8/10