Lou Berney Whiplash River

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Whiplash River

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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.

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"Slick, sleek, and wildly entertaining, "Whiplash River" is pure pleasure. I'm a snob for prose, and these words sing, managing to be at once lean and evocative, confident and wry. Lou Berney is that kind of annoyingly skilled stylist who makes everything look easy."--Marcus Sakey, author of "The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes" and host of the Travel Channel's "Hidden City"

"In this entertaining sequel to "Gutshot Straight", Berney has a great time tweaking the familiar . . . featuring a number of great set pieces, snappy dialogue, and colorful characters, the plot hums along like a mosquito cloud over a puddle."--Publishers Weekly, staff pick for Best Summer Books 2012

"This is pure breezy reading -- a fun little crime novel that will pass the time as you lounge out on beaches or by pools this summer."--Bookgasm

"Berney blends equal parts action and humor, topped with the right amount of romance, for a summer read that's a firecracker . . . fun, clever and well-written fiction with protagonists you can really root for."--Oklahoma Gazette

"A non-stop comedy-thriller-romance that Elmore Leonard would proudly keep on his nightstand . . . Shake gets entangled with a mysterious older character, his former girlfriend Gina, a persistent FBI agent and a gunman you'll root for -- all with dialogue that ricochets faster than the bullets."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Whiplash River is nonstop action, filled with humor, plot twists and even romance . . a hilarious crime caper spanning the globe."--Shelf Awareness

"Wonderfully flawed characters . . . Berney keeps you guessing until the very last chapter. Fun, exciting and deadly, Whiplash River is not to be missed."--SheKnows.com

"This witty, comedic tale is filled with romance, mystery and intrigue. A good caper with well-developed characters, Whiplash River is a winding adventure." --Express Milwaukee

"A delirious caper in the spirit of Hiaasen and Leonard." --The Barnes & Noble Review

"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." --Iron Mountain Daily News

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Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse.

Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake's up to his neck in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him.

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