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Sleep with the Fishes

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Wiseguy Sid “Sleep” Bifulco doesn’t need no stinkin’ witness protection program. The mobster-turned-snitch, who always put his victims gently to sleep before whacking them, did his prison time and now has a new rural hideaway and a new avocation: trout fishing in a scenic river valley. Except that a bunch of local yokels won’t leave him alone.

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ebook, 320 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Dell (first published 2000)
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Aug 20, 2009 woody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Bedilia meets Carl Hiaasen. Reminded me of the time Amelia gave the bridal "shower" to a friend, everything was all mixed up and I guess funny except instead of a housecleaner it involved mobsters, prison wardens, pornographers, and fish ladies. I suppose I missed the humor...1 1/2 stars
Dec 16, 2011 Andrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
While I really enjoyed the Garth Carson novels by Brian M. Wiprud, Sleep with the Fishes left a bit to be desired. Too many ancillary characters with little to no character description or character development. Unlike the other Brian M. Wiprud books I've read, this one isn't a mystery; it's simply a comedy of errors. Which isn't a bad thing, but if you're looking for a comedic mystery this isn't it.

The humor in this book felt somewhat forced. The narrative was confusing at times, leaving me to w
Feb 06, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stand-alone mystery featuring Sid "Sleep" Bifulco, ex-con who shunned the government's offer of Witness Protection and opts to set out on his own, trying to stay away from multiple Mafia baddies who have good reason to ice him--since he rolled over on them! After seven years inside, he buys a small cottage on a river and hopes to begin leading a quiet life fishing--something he's never done but which he became interested in while in prison and read everything he could on the subject, even to the ...more
Oct 05, 2008 Glenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey or Bill Fitzhugh
I'd give this 3.5 stars. A comedic mystery that involves a cast of wacky characters. The story centers around a former mob guy that spent time in jail after turning against other mob members, who gets into learning about fishing while in jail, is released from jail, and is living under an alias name in a house on a lake. All kinds of hijinks ensue, including a mixup between a videotape of a guy that gets accidentally run over by the mob guys neighbor, and a funny conversation and misunderstandin ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Because I was working so many days in a row, I chose Sleep with the Fishes because it seemed like a fun, light read. So it was OK for awhile. But then I got tired of everything having two meanings or zany, wacky slip-ups at every turn. It was a mobster's Abbott and Costello, and these days I don't have a long attention span for an entire book of goofiness. I couldn't wait for it to be done, and while at the beginning I kind of liked Sid the reformed hit man and Russ, the fisherman who's lost his ...more
Iain McGregor
Jan 18, 2011 Iain McGregor rated it really liked it
My first B M Wiprud and I really enjoyed it. If you like Carl Hiaasen then you will enjoy this. Quirky characters finding themselves in screwball situations which become more twisted with every turn of the page. The central charater learnt to fly fish in prison - that sets the tone of this enjoyable farce!
May 31, 2010 Lara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Um. It's about, like, fishing? It's not like the Sopranos at all. Not AT ALL. That review written by Lee Child is very misleading.

The dialogue is so full of cliche, the characters are breaking out in cliche zits that have cliche pus leaking out them.
Libby King
Nov 05, 2012 Libby King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and easy to read!
Nov 15, 2013 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Finished 11-14-13
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I went to the Washington D.C. prep school St. Albans, where aside from attaining an expensive education both in academics and the social order, I worked on hot rods and drank Stroh’s.

I had an afternoon job as a Volkswagen mechanic and projectionist at the Wheaton Plaza Triplex. I would credit my time as a projectionist as being the seed from which the urge to write grew because I often came to dis
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