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Calling Dr. Patchwork (Odd Jobs, Inc #1)

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An Odd Jobs, Inc. novel. If it was whacky, impossible, or simply incredible, it was their oyster. It was whacky that a stage magician could spring a murder trap for them without any reason. It was impossible that the great talents of dead actors could appear again. It was incredible that the work of the fictional Doctor Frankenstein could be bettered two hundred years late ...more
ebook, 154 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Road Media (first published March 21st 1978)
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I'm exhausted right now so another review I just wrote is about as lacking in pizazz as it cd get. This won't be much better. This was published in 1978 & Goulart makes reference to a country singer president (remember this was BEFORE Reagan was elected) & to the Republican-Democrats & the Democrat-Republicans. Right there I think he deserves cred for precociousness. There's an Amateur Mafia that doesn't allow Italians & an upgrade on the Dr Frankenstein idea that's actually rela ...more
Otto Penzler
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ron Goulart continues his colorfully idiosyncratic Odd Jobs, Inc. novels, and this time around he’s created a monster. A modern-day Frankenstein/murder mystery, Dr. Patchwork has built and brought to life a celebrity monster called The Patchwork Man, who is “patched together” by all the pieces of dead stage and movie icons. If this isn’t trippy enough, murder and mayhem abound, all set in Goulart’s futuristic world. Goulart is a master of the humorous and the absurd, and Calling Dr. Patchwork is ...more
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Ron Goulart is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels and countles ...more
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