SLEEP WITH THE FISHES
The humor verges on slapstick in this fast and easy-to-read book that's a comedy of errors, mistaken identities and general craziness. Although Russ Smonig is a pleasant character, this book can't compare to Wiprud's taxidermy novels, Stuffed and Pipsqueak.
When a freak accident happens right in front of Sid's door, Russ and friends are dependent on Sid's former skills. There's an incriminating videotape floating around, and while everyone runs in circles trying to cover their butts and find it, silliness ensues. (Dell, Oct., 256 pp., $6.99)