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    Review of TRICKY BUSINESS by Dave Barry

    G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002

    The Extravaganza of the Seas is a Florida gambling boat that each night sails to three miles beyond the coast so its passengers can throw their money down a hole (the boat is crooked). On this night, however, Tropical Storm Hector threatens, and the cruise becomes anything but routine. The boat has a very important rendezvous planned, and the not-very-nice guys in charge aren't about to let anything as trivial as gale-force winds postpone their big drug deal.

    Those not very nice guys didn't count on a feisty cocktail waitress, a stoned rock band, two elderly men, and a host of other strange characters blundering onto the scene and putting a kink in their plans.

    Dave Barry manages to combine graphic violence with side-splitting hilarity in this thoroughly entertaining romp. He uses a time-honored formula: Introduce a series of characters during the first half of the book, get the reader to really care about them, then foist them all together and see what happens. In this case, it is non-stop action, one cliff-hanger after another, reversal after reversal--in short, a book you can't put down.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 1/05/03

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