While tracking down his tormentor, the author encounters an improbable cast of characters that includes an elocution teacher with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of faux-royal swindlers, a crime investigator with "paper in his blood", and a monocled grand master of the Knights of Malta. Yet for all its global exoticism and comic exuberance, Kurzweil's riveting account is, at its core, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative about the "parallel lives" of a victim and his abuser.
Ingredients: A trashy beginning, Leon Zeisel, a bully, a purple nurple, a wet Willie, 2 Howlitzers, 3 best friends, a Lumpkin Dunkin', 5 half-baked schemes, 2 Wedgies (1 Turbo; 1 Atomic), a hotel full of animals, a jug of Poop-B-Gone, a bald science teacher, 36 types of potato chips, 12 potato chip experiments, a potato chip museum, 1 human hot fudge sundae, an explosive ending.
Leon and the Spitting Image is about a hotel full of animals. It's about an evil ice maker. It's about glass eyeballs and human catapults. It's about really old panty hose and Possibly Fake Hair.