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Marimba Hardcover – Jul 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Hc) (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312851936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312851934
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
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From Publishers Weekly

Assigned to ferret out corruption among U.S. undercover forces in the drug war, special agent James Burlane becomes Sid Khartoum, a swaggering cocaine cargo pilot, dropping kilos off the Florida Keys and monitoring the conspicious consumption of the deep-cover cops who befriend him. With so many secret agents with secret agendas, the plot quickly takes on a satisfying who's-with-who insolubility. Hoyt ( Cool Running ), a former army intelligence officer, handles inter-agency intrigue with a firm, cynical grasp, although, given the extent of the sophisticated corruption, the climactic expose of the true culprits in a single session of a congressional committee seems too neat. Hoyt's knack for absurdity--he sets one secret meeting at an exhibition of dolphin water-polo, for instance--gives his story a cheeky, over-the-top quality that makes it memorable. This theatrical style, livened by a liberal lacing of black comedy, fits the topic--a drug war that is mostly media theater. Detours into Santeria provide encounters with a symbol of unambiguous evil, but Hoyt is best at wending a quick and quirky way through ambiguity. Despite the interludes of black magic, this novel has a fast pace and agreeably dark humor.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A loony band of adventurers, crooked cops, dashing superheroes, and rich, beautiful women hunt desperately for marimba (cocaine) in this cynical, darkly comic romp through today's hottest social problem. The chase moves from Miami to Colombia and back, with an occasional visit to an ineffectual Congress in Washington. James Burlane, sometimes known as Syd Khartoum, investigates big-time dealers for the last honest senator. Carrying his wok on his back, flying his own plane, he dashes into one mad scrape after another and, in true cartoon-hero tradition, dashes out again, never looking back. The author's view is simple: All the major players are out for themselves--the pious politicians who find fame, the investigators who ensure continuing employment by failing to win the war, the dealers who control the prices, the addicts concentrating on the next hit--and they all lose. A full-fledged member of the Wambaugh/Leonard/Westlake school of crime, Hoyt ( Siege , Tor Bks., 1989) is a delight to discover and a treat to read.
- Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svces., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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