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Publisher Description

Dave Barry makes his fiction debut with a ferociously funny novel of love and mayhem in south Florida.

In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His 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 in front of the TV with her mom 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 at 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 embezzlement 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 that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin, and will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work. With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

Fiction & Literature
September 13
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

DickWC ,

Fairly funny, but no where near as good as Insane City

A moderately complex interplay of somewhat strange character ends in a fairly predictable way.

debdej ,

What a ride ...

I really don’t know what to say. It was nothing like I expected it to be but it kept me reading because it was just so wacky crazy. Not an LOL kind of funny, but a fast-paced insane kind of funny. I enjoyed the crazy ride.

G.P.$ ,

Some Of Barry’s Best Work

I’ve never had a book make me laugh out loud as much as Big Trouble. Dave writes in the style he is known for in his newspaper column, and comes up with one of the funniest crime stories this side of Elmore Leonard. Longtime fans will pick up on themes that he has written about in his column, which is a nice bonus (though it will not alienate the casual reader). Check it out.

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