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Trap Line (Black Lizard #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,665 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
With its dozens of outlying islands and the native Conchs’ historically low regard for the law, Key West is a smuggler’s paradise. All that’s needed are the captains to run the contraband. Breeze Albury is one of the best fishing captains on the Rock, and he’s in no mood to become the Machine’s delivery boy. So the Machine sets out to persuade him. It starts out by taking ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published June 30th 1998 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published January 1st 1982)
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Feb 02, 2017 Aaron rated it really liked it
Hiaasen and his writing partner Montalbano bring readers to Key West, Florida, to experience how the fishing industry is struggling as they present the story of Breeze Albury. Breeze is actually a pretty good fishing boat captain, but like so many, he struggles to make ends meet. That is one reason why he took a risk and got involved with the local pot trade. It ended up with him doing some short time in the clink. Since coming out, he has focused on his fishing career and his son, an all-star b ...more
Spencer Abbott
Sep 24, 2012 Spencer Abbott rated it really liked it
While teeming with typical Hiaasen elements, Trap Line is a bit more hard-boiled and violent than his usual fair (one can presume this might be a result of the presence of Bill Montalbano, who shares co-authorship, but it's hard to tell where his prose begins and Hiaasen's ends). Some of the transitions are a little shaky, which leads to momentary bouts of confusion in terms of keeping some plot points and characters straight. Speaking on the latter, there's quite a few characters introduced thr ...more
Mike French
Oct 08, 2014 Mike French rated it really liked it
Trap Line is the second novel that Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano co-wrote. While it doesn't have the humour of his Skunk books,it is a very enjoyable read!
Donna LaValley
Jul 13, 2013 Donna LaValley rated it liked it
This was published in 1982; Hiaasen wrote it with Bill Montalbano. It is not at all like Hiaasen's solo novels with laugh-out-loud lines and situations. It does have a complicated plot, very very bad guys, and somewhat suitable revenge upon most of them. However, it has some brutality and violence that would be objectionable to most readers, and is quite over the top on the testosterone scale - not that there's anything wrong with that! It's a worthy genre and sometimes I like it, just as I enjo ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of Carl Hiaasen's other books, so it was fun to look at a book he co-wrote 30 years ago. The authorial voice of his later work is certainly present, but the ridiculous hilarity of his villains—for which he is so well known today—is notably absent. What we're left with is a decent little thriller (albeit a comparatively humorless one), which ain't nothing to sneer at.

An additional oddity: the little anti-gay slurs peppered throughout the text aren't necessarily distracting, but the
Trevor Mcpherson
Aug 10, 2011 Trevor Mcpherson rated it liked it
Well crafted, but the Hiaasen humour I've come to know and love merely peeked out from a few characters. What I liked most about this was the length. What ever happened to the 250-280 page novel? The story wasn't lacking, and I wasn't left thinking: "gee, I wish there was another 100 pages of deep reflection and soul searching by the protagonist, or perhaps an increase in lengthy exposition to really make this book worthwhile."
K.D. Parker
Jul 10, 2012 K.D. Parker rated it really liked it
This book was a little different than the other books Hiaasen has written. It lacked a lot of the humor that his other books have; also the environmental aspect. But I still liked it a lot. It was a fun read. By the way, my favorite Hiaasen novel is "Skintight." If you like "Trap Line," check that book out. The heavy is a guy named "Chemo!"
Mary Mullane
Dec 01, 2015 Mary Mullane rated it really liked it
I couldn't believe I found a Carl Hiaasen book I hadn't read. It doesn't have as much wicked laugh-out-loud humor as his later more environmental books do, but it still had the twists & satisfying revenge.
Joan Pasco
Mar 16, 2013 Joan Pasco rated it really liked it
It is hard not to like a Carl Hiaasen book in my opinion. This one was very different from the others I have read - more serious than humorous, but a good read.
Jun 01, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it
Carl Hiaasen's 2nd title published with William Montalbano (1982); this is the first one I've read from their collaboration, and so it is the earliest Hiaasen book I've ever read. I can definitely see signs of greatness to come from his later work. Trap Line is a short but fast-paced tale of intrigue in the South Florida world of drugs, kidnapping, shootings, explosions, and romance. Not yet present are Hiaasen's more colorful characters (notably, Skink) nor his environmental awareness. Still, h ...more
John L
Jun 06, 2017 John L rated it liked it
I'm kind of amused at all the reviewers who don't realize this is early Hiaasen, when he was transitioning from crime columns to crime fiction and had not yet developed his unique voice. With one or two small exceptions, it's devoid of the wacky humor and larger-than-life characters that make his solo work so great; worse, it highlights the fact that, once you get past those, his plots aren't all that complex or even memorable. The satirical nature of his solo work more than compensates for thes ...more
May 24, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it
A good read. I am a fan of Hiaasen and his books about Florida. This was not his usual mystery filled with laugh out loud antics. Co-written in 1982 with Bill Montalbano, this book was darker and more violent. The story takes place in Key West and speaks of the problems of the times. Dope, crooked cops and a fisherman named Breeze Albury along with a handful of Conchs willing to fight the Machine..
Jun 09, 2017 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not Carl's usual tongue-in-cheek murder mystery/satire, but a straight-up crime drama. As such, it was just ho-hum. Rather pointless, unless you are really interested in the life of a fisherman in the Florida Keys.
Fran Webster

Not as good as other Hiassen works. Flimsy characters, gratuitous violence. Meh. Give me Skink or Mick Stranahan any day.
Jan 03, 2017 Laarin rated it it was ok
Father set up to run illegals and then double crossed. Not my favorite book. Never really got too attached or invested in any of the characters.
Ian D. Fetigan
Jul 09, 2017 Ian D. Fetigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

Another well written and fun read. These co authored stories are better than expected. Makes me want to visit Key West.
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
Breeze Albury was basically an honest man until the machinations of the Machine (the Cubans) and a group of Colombians toss him into a high stakes game. When nearly all his trap lines are cut while his bills mount, Breeze takes a side job delivering a load of pot. He smells a set-up just a little too late, and finds himself in an even deeper mess. When the Machine plots with the Colombians to do away with him, Breeze, his girlfriend Laurie, and a number of fed-up Key West residents devise a plan ...more
Alan Mills
Feb 11, 2017 Alan Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Another wonderful tale of Justice triumphing

Carl Hiaasen writes about south Florida being destroyed by greed: greedy developers, politicians, law enforcement, and criminals. But in the end, least his version...triumphs. Trap Line is no exception.

A veteran fisherman is beset by bad luck...which of course turns out to be a nefarious plot to blackmail him into some illegal activity. Along the way, we meet a hugely overweight, and thoroughly corrupt chief of police, a gay do-gooder, a
Kara Prem
Jan 13, 2014 Kara Prem rated it really liked it
Breeze Albury is a fisherman in Key West who is struggling to make ends meet. At one other point, he delivered a load of drugs in hope of making some much needed money, got caught and served time. He doesn't want to do that again, but someone has cut all of his traps, leaving him unable to pay the bills. So he decides to make one more run, and gets caught again. The syndicate that he was making a run for provides a dirt bag lawyer who offers a deal - make a special run to move some Colombians in ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 30, 2012 Andreasoldier rated it liked it
Capt. Breeze Albury has a baseball star son, an alcholic ex-wife, a poetry-spouting girlfriend, and an awesome boat. He also knows his way about the Keys, and once went to jail and kept silent for a big paycheck after a drug run for the Machine that went bad -- he needed the money for his fatally ill daughter's care.
Now, the Machine (organized crime in the Keys) wants him to smuggle people in. When he says no, he loses more than 400 shrimp traps when someone hand cuts all the lines. He's out tho
David Ward
Feb 22, 2014 David Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thrillers
Trap Line by Carl Hiassen and Bill Montalbano (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 1982) (Fiction - Thriller) This story is set in a smuggler's paradise, Key West. The local sheriff is owned by a local drug smuggling syndicate known as "The Machine." It's hard to be an honest fisherman, but Blaze Albury has managed to be one, until circumstances, and then "The Machine," conspire to put him into a vise. This is a cracking good adventure from start to finish, and it was written by a master storyteller who ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing
I was excited to find a Hiaasen book I had not read; I was not disappointed in this story he co-wrote with Bill Mntalbano. Set in Key West in the early 1980s (the only time I had the opportunity to visit the city, so I could visualize a lot of it), we have a story about a man who is coerced into making a run for some very unhealthy characters. But the run, which should have been easily done, was a snafu from the the beginning. Unfortunately, the Machine made a mistake: they hurt Freed's teenaged ...more
James Nelson
Feb 14, 2016 James Nelson rated it liked it
I'm a huge Carl Hiaasen fan. Being too lazy to look at the publication date I didn't realize that this is an older book, not that that matters much. But it is a joint effort with a co-author and that might be why it didn't quite reach the heights I generally expect from Hiaasen.

I am also a big fan of Florida-based fiction. Trap Line fits nicely into that genre, its a good read, fast-paced, good, believable characters. I just didn't feel there was anything particularly special about it. Pretty s
Trap Line by Carl Hiaasen "Trap Line" by Carl Hiaasen was great. It is one of his early books written with Bill Montalbano. His second novel to be exact. Like all of his books that I've read, I loved it. It was quite short in comparison and somewhat lacking in the crazy satire of Hiaasen's that I loved in his other books. It's a great little story full of suspense about how payback's a bitch.
Oct 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for the feint of heart. It is a slice of what might be the underworld of Key West -and includes a variety of mean and nasty characters from both north and south of the border. While I enjoy the political statements Carl Haiassen weaves into his fun books about Florida, this book is more compelling and written like a news documentary. And proves that the good guys can finish in the lead.
Vance1966 Vance
Mar 04, 2015 Vance1966 Vance rated it liked it
Definitely not like the other Hiaasen books I have read. Trap Line is a hard look at drug smuggling in the Florida Keys. Not sure I will pursue anymore Hiaasen books in this genre as i enjoy those that he has written in a more humorous voice. Not much here for character development and that seems to be a trademark of Hiaasen's more humorous works.
Feb 03, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid Hiaasen fan. His love of Florida and his outrage at the destruction of Florida along with his incredible humor make his books so much fun to read. Having said that, this book had little of his usual humor. Perhaps I expect too much but I did not enjoy this one as much as his other books.
Thomas Strömquist
Early Hiaasen, co-written with Bill Montalbano. Reads a lot like a blue-print to the 'typical Hiaasen' that came along a few years later (and that he does so great). In his later work, the (dark) humor is more prevalent and the sometimes grisly violence is a bit more 'cartoonish'. This one is a bit bleaker, but still a very good thriller/crime book.
Rod Burch
Nov 07, 2016 Rod Burch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another South Florida guy, I can always relate to Carl Hiaasen's stories, this is one of his best. Whenever I read one if his books, I remember why I love thus place so much.

A real "page turner", Hiassen grabs you fast and keeps you on the edge of your seat! Whether you are a Florida resident, or just like action and intrigue, you will love this book.
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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