Big Trouble

Big Trouble

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist offers a fiction debut that describes the lives of the troubled denizens of Coconut Grove, including a career-threatened adman, an alcoholic embezzler dodging a couple of hit men, and their dysfunctional families. A first novel. 125,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling ad man named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. Eliot's teenage son, Matt, fills a Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down with her mom in front of the TV for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening for once. Jenny's alcoholic and secretly embezzling stepfather, Arthur, emerges from the maid's room, angry for being rebuffed. Henry and Leonard, two hit men from New Jersey, pull up to the Herks' house for a real game of Killer, Arthur's embezzling apparently not having been quite so secret to his employers after all. And a homeless man named Puggy settles down for the night in a treehouse just inside the Herks' yard.
In a few minutes, a chain of events will begin that will change the lives of each and every one of them, and leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work.

Baker
& Taylor

The humorist offers a fiction debut that describes the lives of the troubled denizens of Coconut Grove, including a career-threatened adman, an alcoholic embezzler dodging a couple of hit men, and their dysfunctional families

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780399145674
0399145672
Branch Call Number: 817.54 Ba 1999
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 24 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.8 10.0 110713

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Caminodepaz May 19, 2010

Even before the first W Bush election, Dave Barry was making fun of voting irregularities in Florida. This funny novel starts off with a job lead. Contact the right people on election day and you can make money voting early and often for the right people. Business gets trickier as arms deals go comically awry. What's a peacenik reading about terrorism?, Wellll, its comic terrorism...

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