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LUNA (Alba & Gorodish #3)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 12th 1985 by Ballantine Books (first published 1979)
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Dale Pobega
I think this slim, kinky comedy is a gem. What a pity it hasn't been turned into a film. I can see someone like Pedro Almodovar having fun with this story. Alba is kidnapped by a pervert who has her removed to a remote chateau for "insect sex". The scene with her twisting around on wires dressed up as an enormous female dragonfly beneath a skylight and silhouetted against the moon with a fat lascivious man trying to mount her is bizarre ...can't you just see it on the big screen? The escape scen ...more
Mar 19, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: French new wave crime
Shelves: kool-imports
Before Delacorta (Daniel Odier) wrote "Diva" he wrote this adventure with Alba and Gorodish where Alba gets kidnapped off the Champs-Elysess and restrained in a large web in a nymph outfit while some psycho wears a human fly outfit trying to make insect love to her.
Gorodish has to turn in 10 Rolls Royces as part of the ransom to free her. The Alba and Gorodish series are all surreal French crime stories that are wild and fun to read.
This is a fun read because of its swift pacing and the really smart Gorodish. This tiny novel packs in a very quick, entertaining and engaging read. If you are itching for a movie (non-psychological) action thriller and have no idea which one to catch, this book will probably be a very good alternative; it reads like a movie: very graphic, complete with slick settings, beautiful people, guns (and some gore too).

However, I’ve taken a star off an otherwise 4-star thriller for its stunted writing.
The Wee Hen
***I have scored this so high because, for a time, it was one of my favourite books. Keep in mind I read it in junior high school so... it's hard to take the loves of a 14 year old me seriously. The 80's weren't exactly one's finest hour. I'm positive that if I read these books again I would have nothing to say but that these were puerile fantasies unworthy of my time.***
Back in the day I thought this series was so cool: sexy, and French, and awesome. I suppose it's telling that I've never felt a desire to re-read them. Nowadays the whole set up seems skeevy.

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Alba is kidnapped and becomes the playmate of a rich man who is deeply disturbed. He has her dressed up as a bug.
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Delacorta is a pseudonym used by Daniel Odier for some of his works, notably his Alba fiction series.
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