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Tricky Business by Dave Barry
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Sep 12, 08

really liked it
Read in September, 2008

Okay, so Dave Barry isn't Italo Calvino or David Mitchell or one of the Japanese geniuses (whose names I would have to look up before attempting to write them here) but he HATES what has happened to Florida and has (like Carl Hiaasen) taken his revenge on the scumbag developers by writing them into his books. And for that he gets a top rating from me (not to mention that he's really funny).
Tricky business is filled with the usual arsenal of Dave Barry characters --- as mentioned above the scumbags who cheat, rape, and waste their way into big money (often connected with drugs), the scary, sadistic guys who assist them, the indifferent public, and a couple people who you kind of like. Tricky Business involves one of the large pleasure boats that goes past the three-mile limit so people can gamble. Because this particular boat is also part of a drug import/export scheme, it goes out in the middle of a tropical storm. The more-or-less hero (Wally who is a member of a not successful and mostly stoned band) and the heroine (Fay who is a cocktail waitress) eventually get together . . . and everyone else gets trashed.

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