EVENINGS AT MONGINI'S AND OTHER STORIES by Russell Lucas
Summit; 262 pages; $18.95
Did you hear the one about the half-Armenian woman in Bombay, with a weakness for baklava, who was introduced by her lover, the procuress, to a gigolo from the Seychelles known as Raper George? When her husband -- a 7-ft., entirely bald Azerbaijani all-in wrestler with gold-capped teeth -- heard about how his wife was spending her lazy afternoons, he hurried over to the small hotel where she was finding her pleasure and . . .
If you didn't happen to catch that tale, but would like to,...