Picks and Pans Review: Hit Me with a Rainbow

updated 04/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by James Kirkwood

The novel's title is a plea for a miracle, and that's the way its characters talk. The protagonist, a 27-year-old paperback editor, is kidnapped because he is beautiful. His kidnapper: a foul-mouthed, 48-year-old superstar actress who is tired of her ex-opera tenor with Mafia connections. The plot sometimes echoes Erich Segal's Love Story. The twist is that the male is the sex object, but—trendy development—he is impotent. Can the heroine help overcome his terrible problem? Will the Mafia get them before he can perform? Near the end there are a couple of hilariously clinical sex scenes on a Mexican beach. This whole novel, in fact, is high camp, fun on its own level and executed with a perverse slickness by the co-author of Broadway's A Chorus Line. (Delacorte, $9.95)

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