Reviewsof And Baby Makes None:
Second novel by the author of the well-received, dark, gritty The Monkey Rope (1990). Seymour Lipp -- a Brooklyn heights lawyer -- is now hired by Tricia Morissey, 16, and her building contractor father, Paul. When Tricia got pregnant and her boyfriend chose not to marry her, Paul arranged for shady lawyer Daniel Dugan to sell the baby for forty grand to Vietnam vet Jack Lowry. Jack once covered a Viet child during a raid, lost the use of his left arm,and has a head full of burned bodies. Will he make a good father? During the 45-day waiting period in which the mother can choose not to part with the infant after all, Tricia decides she wants her baby back and Lipp is hired to restore the child. Jack says he will fight in court. Then Paul is murdered.Does it have something to do with the codicil to his will he's asked Lipp to handle? The answer takes Lipp through a mugging, a kidnapping, contact with lowlifes and a wildly unnerving Viet vets therapy group. He's assisted by Rosalie Constantino, whom he fell for in book one, and they have ribbons of amusing Nick & Nora exchanges, largely about food and sex. No falling off from volume one, but nothing new either.
Michael Dunne, professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University:
Seymour Lipp is one tough dude, even if he is a lawyer -- and even if his first name is Seymour. Lipp is not intimidated by white collar crooks, mobsters, powerful lawyers, police men or deranged Vietnam vets. He is fiercely loyal to his friends and clients and deeply committed to the principle of fair play.He is, in other words. a worthy descendant of the long line of American urban private detectives stretching back to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.
In And Baby Makes None, Lipp is asked by a beautiful young woman to help recover the baby that her influential father forced her to give up for adoption. While working on the case, Lipp encounters illegal babyselling, narcotics smuggling, loansharking, strong-armed intimidation, and racial violence.
Like Robert Parker's tough guy, Spenser, Lipp shares his passion for food with his lover, Rosalie Constantino. Unlike Spenser, Lipp does not diet or jog. In this, his second fictional outing, Lipp seems more self-assured and self-assertive. He has also begun to collect the cast of supporting players necessary for a long-running adventure series on television or between hard covers.
Lipp's adventures take place mostly in Brooklyn, which Lewis describes with a highly accurate eye and ear here,as he did in the first Lipp adventure, The Monkey's Rope. The neighborhoods, streets, delis, parks and beaches of Brooklyn have not received such loving care since the days of Walt Whitman. Lewis and Lipp promise to be literary acquaintances we could be comfortable with for several years to come.
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