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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Ustinov loves to contrast people and cultures and to deflate, with wit and humor, the false and pretentious in both. This work brilliantly contrasts a midwestern police chief with the British tradition of law and order -- a hilarious, often savage, satire of justice as it exists on both sides of the Atlantic.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1971)
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Krumnagel reminds me of someone I know. I enjoyed Ustinov's clash of the stereotypical American "fuzz" (policeman with gun)in England versus just about everyone else he met. I could still detect British influence in Krumnagel's American vernacular. I think it pains Ustinov too much to write the way we actually talk.
Aletha Tavares
ustinov as usual brilliantly & ruthlessly gets at the american society and its law & order. It is described as "the novel that does to law & order what Catch-22 did to war"(harpers)
The satire is excellently executed through the character krumangel
Good droll comedy. The main character is an American police chief visiting England who is a version of J W Pepper or Buford T. Justice, only he's a little more introspective.
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Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE, was a British actor, writer and dramatist.

He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, director, stage designer, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter.

A noted wit and raconteur, he was, for much of his career, a fixture on television talk shows and lecture circuits, as wel
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