But the story it tells, a completely beguiling mix of sexual obsession, media frenzy, and middle American lunacy, is much tawdrier
. Its protagonist is a former North Carolina pageant queen named Joyce McKinney, who in 1977 was alleged in court to have kidnapped a Mormon missionary named Kirk Anderson from the parking lot of his church outside London.
Darcourt is working for himself and his new targets are celebrities, the tawdrier
In one of Terry's tawdrier
episodes, he was arrested for presenting Bill Clinton with a dead fetus at the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
Both have a great ear for the music of colloquial speech at the tawdrier
end of society, in Chicago and Dublin respectively.
Riffing again on Glyn's tigerskin, now a chinchilla, Huxley has made the feelies tawdrier
, but they remain a verbal reference--more like a dirty joke than a major sign of cultural decline, as they are in the novel.
I can't think of anything tawdrier
then searching for sex through the anonymity of cyberspace.
But in darker moments - usually after reading a knocking piece in one of the tawdrier
tabloids - you'll convince yourself those twinges are kidney stones.