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Trap Line [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen , Bill Montalbano
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June 30 1998 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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 away Albury’s livelihood. Then it robs him of his freedom. But when the Machine threatens Albury’s son, the washed-out wharf rat turns into a raging, sea-going vigilante.

In Trap Line, Hiaasen and Montalbano pit a handful of scruffy Conchs against an armada of drug lords, crooked cops, and homicidal marine lowlife. The result is a crime novel of dizzying velocity, filled with wrenching plot twists, grimily authentic characters, and enough local color for a hundred tropical shirts. It’s the Key West the tourist brochures won’t tell you about: a place as crooked as Al Capone’s Chicago and as irredeemably violent as Wyatt Earp’s Tombstone.

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Published in 1984, 1981, and 1982, respectively, these novels feature action, intrigue, violence, and murder. In the Hitchcock vein, they also portray protagonists who are just ordinary people?a professor, an architect, and a fishing-boat captain?who are dragged into extraordinary circumstances. LJ's reviewer found Death in China "tautly written," adding that Montalbano and Hiaasen have a "fine flair for characters and settings" (LJ 4/1/84).
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen is the author of seven other novels.  He lives in Key West, Florida.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fishermen and Drug Lords in Key West April 27 2001
Format:Paperback
Breeze Albury is one of Key West's best fishing captains. His skill gets the attention of the drug lords that funnel a torrent of drugs into America through the Keys. Breeze refuses to work for them, so they steal his ..... But when they harm his son, Breeze goes wild and leads fishermen and townspeople in an all-out war against the drug machine and its dirty police chief. It's an entertaining story with a big helping of Key West flavor and atmosphere.
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By R. Holt
Format:Paperback
Apparently this book was written long before Hiaasen's other classics, like Skin Tight and Stormy weather. While the plot is interesting, and the characters are either likeable or pathetic, the odd-balls you expect in a Hiaasen novel are absent. However, I'm such a Hiaasen junkie I bought it anyway! Decent summer read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trap Line Aug. 26 2002
Format:Paperback
If you want to recall past days and exploits in Key West in the 70's or just read a good paced novel with insight into how it used to be before the t-shirts and buffet wanna-be's got there; try Trap Line...Carl got around in his younger days. Glad I stumbled over this old book.Now well see how Powder Burn goes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, but where's that bizarre Hiaasen humor? July 7 1998
By R. Holt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Apparently this book was written long before Hiaasen's other classics, like Skin Tight and Stormy weather. While the plot is interesting, and the characters are either likeable or pathetic, the odd-balls you expect in a Hiaasen novel are absent. However, I'm such a Hiaasen junkie I bought it anyway! Decent summer read.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fishermen and Drug Lords in Key West April 27 2001
By George Webster, Ph.D., - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Breeze Albury is one of Key West's best fishing captains. His skill gets the attention of the drug lords that funnel a torrent of drugs into America through the Keys. Breeze refuses to work for them, so they steal his ..... But when they harm his son, Breeze goes wild and leads fishermen and townspeople in an all-out war against the drug machine and its dirty police chief. It's an entertaining story with a big helping of Key West flavor and atmosphere.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not in Line with the Quality of other Hiaasen Novels March 4 2005
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This 1982 re release is no where near the same masterpiece quality of Hiaasen's later work or even written in the same style. In fact I'd hazard a guess as to say the other author Bill Montalbano wrote most of this and now that Hiaasen has become a household name the publishers are trying to cash in by putting Hiaasen's name at the top of the cover of thie rerelease. The book is set in Florida, that is pretty much the only similarity I can see to the great Hiaasen novels such as Strip Tease, Double Whammy, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You. There's no surreal humorous likeable (or unlikeable) characters in here, no three or more separate storylines converging and crossing over each other, just no real fast paced enjoyment that we have to expect from Hiaasen.

Don't waste your money. Buy one of the masterpiece Hiaasen novels instead.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trap Line Aug. 26 2002
By "boomsfarm" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you want to recall past days and exploits in Key West in the 70's or just read a good paced novel with insight into how it used to be before the t-shirts and buffet wanna-be's got there; try Trap Line...Carl got around in his younger days. Glad I stumbled over this old book.Now well see how Powder Burn goes.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLA.t Broke! May 15 2007
By J. Nowicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Trap Line, like Powder Burn also written by Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano, gives the reader a glimpse into lives hooked either by chance or choice into 'The Machine' running drugs between Colombia and the USA via the waterways of Florida. Trap Line has a colorful cast of characters you 'know' must surely exist somewhere in this world, so why not Florida. Friends and foes, those innocent and those guilty all combine to make Trap Line a good read.
Breeze Aubury knows the rules of the drug running trade only too well, having once been caught and imprisoned for pot smuggling while trying to earn desperately needed money to help his sick daughter. The years since her death have left Breeze Albury's life and that of Peg, his ex wife, now remarried and living in a drug and drink world, in shambles. Ricky, their son is the only thread that connects them.
Ricky Albury's a good kid with a pitching arm that holds the promise of greatness in baseball. His talent is a pure gift, one that Breeze Albury sees as his son's only way off the Rock. Baseball is the chance for Ricky to avoid repeating Breeze's life of scrambling to make a living as a fisherman. That's why Ricky works at Burger King and not on the boat with his father.
Breeze is an honest man, older, wiser but still not safe from his past.'The Machine' traps Aubury into smuggling illegals by cutting all 300 plus of his trap lines. Now, beyond broke, he once again becomes a pawn in the drug game of the Machine. No friendly game here, evil has chartered Captain Albury's boat, the Diamond Cutter, and set the course for treachery. Put your life jacket on, this boat ride's a thriller. ~ Mrs. B.
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