Daniel Tyler knows where a Spanish galleon laden with a fortune in gold and jewels went down off the coast of South Florida, and local senator Garnetta Rawlings wants to know where the treasure lies. When Daniel dies during some unexpectedly kinky sex games, his brother Hap wants to know why.Daniel Tyler knows where a Spanish galleon laden with a fortune in gold and jewels went down off the coast of South Florida, and local senator Garnetta Rawlings wants to know where the treasure lies. When Daniel dies during some unexpectedly kinky sex games, his brother Hap wants to know why.Read Less
New in J New jacket. 1st ed, SIGNED on title page by author. Book is square, solid, and sharp as a tack with a splendid DJ in protective mylar Brodart cover--they don't get any sharper than this! You'll feel as happy as Travis McGee, motoring through the Keys at the helm of 'The Busted Flush' once you've received this book! ! ! !
Publishers Weekly, 1992-11-16 Miami provides a potent setting for Hall's ( Bones of Coral ; Tropical Freeze ) expertly spun crime thriller, a dark, often funny novel with a powerful kick. The book's plot encompasses both a sunken 17th-century galleon filled with Mayan treasures and a local 19th-century homicide. On Biscayne Bay, somewhat unstable Vietnam vet Hap Tyler makes windsurfers and leads tourists through historic Mangrove House--built by his grandfather, the legendary Commodore Randolph Tyler--where he lives with his brother Daniel, an archeologist. Hours after promising to tell Hap a family secret, Daniel is found dead, apparently of a heart attack. Hap blames Daniel's lover, Marguerite Rawlings, a crusading preservationist who hopes to restore her grandmother's mill on the mid-city site where her forebear, a vehement conservationist, was murdered 100 years before. After learning that Daniel's death was also a murder, Hap and Marguerite join forces against Marguerite's mother, a corrupt U.S. senator who hungers for Mayan artifacts. Hall intertwines the Tylers' and Rawlings' pasts with evocations of rhythmic, dangerous modern Miami, whose residents include a Vietnam hero, his flashy black ex-con girlfriend and a volatile Cuban ex-cop who bulldozes his dreams of fortune in the deftly orchestrated climax. Although a few of the colorful lowlifes occasionally speak a highlife diction, Hall, in the company of Elmore Leonard, Edna Buchanan, John Lutz and Carl Hiassen, gives the Sunshine State the fictional crime stature of L.A. and New York City. BOMC and QPB featured selections; major ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)
Publishers Weekly, 1991-02-01 Shaw Chandler, a 30-something paramedic with the Miami fire department, returns to his home in the Keys to come to terms with the suspicious circumstances of his father's suicide. Meanwhile Trula Montoya, his high school sweetheart and once a Manhattan soap opera star, has also returned--to decide what to do with the rest of a life blighted by the onset of MS. Shaw and Trula eventually realize a link between local deaths--of the natural and unnatural varieties--and are drawn deeply into danger as they begin to unravel biological warfare, a cover-up and a double murder involving both of their fathers 20 years before. The dynamic and romantic duo are truly nice people (and well-drawn characters) who deserve a happy ending, but the rest of Hall's ( Tropical Freeze ) cast is an unsavory bunch: not only does Douglas Barnes, still reaping the financial rewards from his part in the evil business, kill with cruel pleasure, but his deranged, foul-mouthed son Dougie tries to win his respect by acting as his hatchet man. By the time the homicidal pair receives its just deserts--in a fast-paced life-and-death struggle in a garbage disposal factory--the body count is as high as the surf. Literary Guild alternate; author tour. (Mar.)
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