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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 30 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375700692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375700699
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By "boomsfarm" on Aug. 26 2002
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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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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hardcore Vintage Hiaasen March 10 2006
By Kara J. Jorges - Published on Amazon.com
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Breeze Albury was basically an honest man until the machinations of the Machine (the Cubans) and a group of Colombians toss him into a high stakes game. When nearly all his trap lines are cut while his bills mount, Breeze takes a side job delivering a load of pot. He smells a set-up just a little too late, and finds himself in an even deeper mess. When the Machine plots with the Colombians to do away with him, Breeze, his girlfriend Laurie, and a number of fed-up Key West residents devise a plan for revenge, which gets all the more serious when they mess with Breeze's pride and joy, his son Ricky.

Hiaasen fans looking for his trademark humor should know he hadn't begun exploring that facet of his talent yet. Otherwise, this book is thick with his special flavor, peppered with wonderful characters who would have been at home in any Hiaasen novel.

Breeze is a middle-aged, slightly shopworn fisherman whose one remaining ambition in life is to see his son pitch in the majors. Like nearly everyone else in this book, he lives in a trailer. His ex-wife is a drunk who sells seashells to tourists, and his current live-in girlfriend Laurie is a waitress at a local restaurant. They're being investigated by Christine Manning, governor's counsel conducting an investigation into smuggling and corruption in the Keys. She's also onto Chief of Police, Huge Barnett, and Winnebago Tom, who moves all manner of controlled substances in his vehicles. The numerous other small characters are equally well-drawn, their personalities what we've come to expect from Hiaasen.

While some seem disappointed his trademark humor is not in evidence, they seem to be missing the point. This is a well-crafted thriller with wonderful characters written by a couple of obviously talented guys. I'm glad it's part of my Hiaasen collection.


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