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Tricky business

by Barry, Dave.

Format: Large Print 2003
Availability: Available at 1 Library 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books FICTION Barry, D, CL 7644
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Barry, D, CL 7644
CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books FICTION Barry, D, CL 7644
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Barry, D, CL 7644
A New York Times Bestseller
A Pulitzer Prize-winning AuthorThe Extravaganza of the Seas is a 5,000-ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find moe money. On board one night, a wildly diverse group of people finds themselves in the middle of a tropical storm in this astonishing, wickedly satisfying, all-too-human story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Barry delivers plenty of laughs and action in his second foray into fiction, following Big Trouble (1999). Extravaganza of the Seas is a gambling boat owned by one of the biggest swindlers in all of Florida, Bobby Kemp. However, Kemp himself is being swindled by some local but powerful thugs. Lou Tarant and his boys are running a smuggling business on the Extravaganza, and Kemp is mad that he doesn't get a kickback. On the night of a furious tropical storm, Kemp gets some thugs of his own and decides to take action. Of course, Barry treats us to amusing depictions of some of the other characters on the ship: Fay, an overworked waitress; Wally, a member of the ship's band; and Arnie and Phil, on the lam from their senior center after a hilarious escape. When Kemp's plan goes disastrously awry, this colorful cast of characters is thrust into the middle of a fight between the double-crossing thugs. Barry garners plenty of laughs, especially in the scenes involving the senior center and its residents, as well as those involving a hapless, weather-obsessed news station. Fans of outlandish comic fiction, as well as Barry's columns, will find much to enjoy here. --Kristine Huntley"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Humorist Barry (Big Trouble) brings together a motley group of South Florida eccentrics on an ill-fated casino boat voyage in his second full-length comic mystery novel. A tropical storm is bearing down on the Florida coast, but the Extravaganza of the Seas, a luxury gambling ship, sets sail on its nightly excursion in spite of the weather. Aboard are Fay Benton, an attractive cocktail waitress trying to make ends meet for her kid; a collection of pot-smoking would-be rockers (at least one of whom lives with his mother) who make up the ship's band, Johnny and the Contusions; a pair of wise-cracking octogenarians who've escaped an extended-care facility; and some Mafia-connected gangsters who use the ship's nightly voyages to smuggle drugs onto the mainland. Bobby Kemp, the ship's titular owner, insists that the Extravaganza go out in the storm because he's chosen this night to hijack the drug deal. In the background, a local television station plays a role straight from Keystone Kops as its reporters frantically cover the approaching storm with consistently fatal results. Barry once again showcases his gently satiric style, with barbs aimed at overbearing mothers, corrupt officials, inept authorities and, of course, the American crime novel itself, which he sends up with absurd plotting, astronomical body count and plenty of gratuitous nudity and (PG-rated) sex. Belying self-deprecating disclaimers about his talent for fiction, Barry demonstrates that he can draw some captivating characters and keep a reader's attention in spite of-or perhaps because of-slapstick antics and a fascination with scatology. (Oct. 1) Forecast: Barry's name could sell a VCR manual, but he's taken the time to write a winner, anyway. Expect this to match or surpass the performance of Big Trouble. Author tour. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ocean travel -- Fiction.
Gamblers -- Fiction.
Storms -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Florida -- Fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher Waterville, Me. :Thorndike Press,2003
Language English
Description 391 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
ISBN 0786250372 (lg. print:hc : alk. paper)
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