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Garth Carson is on a taxidermy safari to New England. In Vermont, he buys an albino crow in a bell jar as a birthday gift for his live-in girlfriend, Angie. A young man disputes his ownership of the bird, but Garth prevails and returns to New York.

Then, three hooded men break into their apartment and steal various taxidermy items, including the crow. Although they recover the other items, they can't locate the crow. Why does it mean so much to somebody?

Believe it or not, taxidermy can be very interesting and very funny thanks to Wiprud's slightly twisted, wild sense of humor. Garth and Angie's escapades are truly crazy, and you must suspend disbelief to read about Garth's run-in with rejects from a former sideshow. When he is chased by pygmies and makes the acquaintance of flipper boy, well, who hasn't been there before!

Garth, Angie and their sidekick, Otto, are the funniest, freshest characters you'll meet between the pages of a book. If you like a little nuttiness and a fast-paced story, don't miss this one. (Jun., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lorraine Gelly