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(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Molly Carmichael surmounted poverty and her status as a singlemother to become a successful realtor. Molly, in short, was avalued, albeit selectively promiscuous, member of the community. Unfortunately, along the way Molly found it necessary to makecertain sacrifices, among which was the decision to deprive her sonof traditional forms of maternal affection—a circumstance whichcontributed to the fact that John David (aka Misty) Carmichael’slater existence served to justify expenditures by the state of NewYork on penal facilities. Still, despite his lack of success as acareer criminal, Misty Carmichael manages, largely through sheerineptitude, to relieve the Scorcese crime family of a substantialamount of money and escape immediate destruction.

Inasmuch as such bold behavior must be discouraged, theScorceses engage the services of a highly successful firm ofskiptracers (i.e., bounty hunters) to locate the elusive Misty. But Izzy Stein of Long Army Legal Services is a former lover ofMolly Carmichael who begins his investigation by rekindling thefires with his erstwhile partner in passion. Thus, as Misty evadescapture in his frantic but inspired dash for survival, Izzyquestions whether he can deliver Molly’s son to mob retribution. Ultimately the forces of good and evil converge on the island ofMaui.

Misty Carmichael is not an attractive personality; in point offact, too few “nice” people appear in PARADISE. Nonetheless, asMisty staggers from crises to catastrophe a certain begrudgingadmiration begins to form. Fortunately, Marc Savage, in the courseof a few well chosen phrases, puts paid to such a reaction. Inconsequence he is able to conclude this pleasant little work in amanner consistent with the parameters established on page one.