Whiplash River

Whiplash River

Book - 2012
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"Like Carl Hiaasen, Berney delights in the cartoonish. Like Elmore Leonard, he can drive a plot. What sets him apart is how well he evokes love, making the romance...as compelling as the mystery."
--Boston Globe

Lou Berney immediately earned a seat of honor at the mystery masters' table with his crackling caper novel, Gutshot Straight--a lightning-fast, fiendishly clever suspenser that screamed for a sequel. And here it is. Former professional wheel man Charles "Shake" Bouchon is back, living in the Caribbean paradise of Belize with his lawless past far behind him--until a gunshot tears through his beachside restaurant and he's on the run again. A twisting tale filled with lawmen, con men, and hit men; a beautiful but deadly FBI agent; and a murderous thug named Baby Jesus, Whiplash River recalls the best of the off-the-wall crime fiction impresarios--Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, James W. Hall, Robert Ferrigno, Tim Dorsey--while establishing its own unique orbit in the noir universe.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062115287
Branch Call Number: FICTION Berney 2012
Characteristics: viii, 307 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 27, 2012

A delightful caper novel. Funny, fast-moving and full of off-the-wall characters, this follow up to "Gutshot Straight" continues the adventures of Shake Bouchon, former wheel man for the Armenian mob in L.A. and now a struggling restauranteur in Belize. Reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen in his heyday.

BeccaBB Sep 26, 2012

I liked Whiplash River. It was fast and funny. It was part thriller, part action and part heist book. The characters were quirky and interesting while still being believable. Berney manages to take some familiar elements; the slightly bumbling would be sidekick, the woman cop out to prove something, the ex-con trying to go good, the heist that keeps spinning further and further out of control and keep them from being derivative, cliché and stale. It has a good pace and enough action and surprises that there are no slow spots and it keeps your attention right to the end. It all comes together for a book that is enjoyable to read without much thinking involved. But I don’t know how much will stick with me. A month from now I’ll remember I liked the book and would read another by Berney but I don’t think I’ll be able to tell you the plot. But it was fun while it lasted.


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