The rugged Florida troubleshooter Thorn is back, in another high-tension tale of crime, love, and revenge. In an exotic blue-water locale where greed and criminality thrive, the mysterious disappearance of Thorn's boyhood friend Gaeton Richards, an FBI agent, enmeshes Thorn in a web of violence and intrigue that takes him from some of the seamiest ...
The rugged Florida troubleshooter Thorn is back, in another high-tension tale of crime, love, and revenge. In an exotic blue-water locale where greed and criminality thrive, the mysterious disappearance of Thorn's boyhood friend Gaeton Richards, an FBI agent, enmeshes Thorn in a web of violence and intrigue that takes him from some of the seamiest bars in the Keys to some of the area's most sumptuous ocean villas. When he and Gaeton's beautiful sister becomes romantically involved, Thorn finds himself facing a jealous lunatic stalker, a rogue government agent mixed up in a murderous scam, and an unforgettable underworld peopled with petty crooks, hired guns, and dangerous losers.
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Publishers Weekly, 1989-08-25 Fisherman Thorn, first seen in the well-received Under Cover of Daylight , is getting his life together slowly, rebuilding his house in the Florida Keys and supporting himself by making fishing lures. When his boyhood friend, ex-FBI agent Gaeton Richards, disappears, his sister Darcy enlists Thorn in a campaign to nail Gaeton's boss, Benny Cousins, the not-quite-respectable head of a multinational rent-a-cop business who is determined to become a force in local ``conch'' affairs. But little is what it seems: Thorn and Darcy find themselves up against not only Benny but also violent, Florida cracker Ozzie, who lusts for Darcy and works for Papa John, local ``character'' and scam-master--and Benny's nasty racket may be protected by the Feds. Fast, cinematic scene-shifting, garish gallows humor (Tropical Freeze is the name on Papa John's ice cream truck--with a corpse in its freezer) and a violent, roller-coaster plot lead to a bleak, cynical ending. The main flavor is rue: the people in the Keys who came ``to the outer fringes of America to nourish their rugged individualism'' are losing it to modern civilization. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; Mysterious Book Club selection. (Oct.)
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