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Harry and the Bikini Bandits by Basil Heatter
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really liked it
bookshelves: crime-noir, crime-noir-1970s, novels
Read 2 times. Last read January 19, 2021.

This is one of those books that I first read back in junior-high that is every bit as fun as I remembered, even if there are no bikini bandits. Ok, maybe one. The form here is "my summer vacation" and it's a coming of age tale as seventeen-year-old Clay hunts down his uncle Harry and sails to the Bahamas with him aboard Harry's worn out old ketch Jezebel. That's the first third of the novel, which is a picaresque. And then, during the middle third, it turns into a heist novel as they plan and successfully rob a casino in Nassau. The final third completes Clay's coming of age in the usual ways: besting his uncle and finally losing his virginity. The end has a sweet twist that I won't spoil. The narration is first-person and the style is a cool mix of genre and literary quality free-indirect prose filtered through Clay's coming-of-age point of view. Good stuff!
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Reading Progress

September 24, 2016 – Shelved
September 24, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
October 6, 2016 – Shelved as: crime-noir
October 6, 2016 – Shelved as: crime-noir-1970s
October 6, 2016 – Shelved as: novels
October 6, 2016 – Finished Reading
Started Reading
January 19, 2021 – Finished Reading

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