Sunday, January 27, 2013
Margo and the Silver Cane, by Terence Faherty
Last week I saw All Through The Night, a weird movie with an amazing cast (Bogart, Lorre, Phil Silvers, Jackie Gleason, etc.) that starts out as a pretty good comedy and sort of devolves into the Bowery Boys versus the Nazis. I bring this up because Faherty's plot hits similar territory: a Nazi plot against New York harbor in the days before Pearl Harbor. I like his story better than the movie, though.
Margo Banning is an ambitious career woman, working as associate producer on a Sunday radio show. One of the stars is Philip St, Pierre, a self-proclaimed "radio detective." And in this week's show he announces that next week he will be revealing the identity of a top German spy. What follows is a lot of fun and amusingly written. Take this conversation regarding one of the other performers on the radio show.
"You are not a radio detective?"
"That question takes us into the realm of philosophy. Or do I mean psychology? Are we who we decide to be or who the world tells us to be? For example, I work with a woman who has forced her will upon the world. She's become a former Broadway star despite the inconvenience of never having been a current one."
"Mamie Gallagher," Edelweiss said a little wistfully. "She has a very attractive voice. I imagine her blonde."
"So does she."
The ending clearly hints at more adventures to come. I look forward to them.