A Key West fishing captain takes on Florida’s drug lords in this “splendidly written” crime story coauthored by the #1 New York Times–bestselling novelist (The New York Times Book Review).
Though he is one of Key West’s most skilled fishing captains, Breeze Albury barely ekes out a living on the meager earnings of his trade. Meanwhile, Cuban and Colombian drug smugglers thrive all around—and they have their sights set on Albury and his fishing boat.
After the smugglers cut his three hundred trap lines and crush his livelihood, Albury is forced to run drugs to survive. But when he gets busted by the crooked chief of police and becomes a target of the drug machine’s brutal hit men, Albury becomes a vigilante on the seas of Florida, unleashing a fiery and relentless vengeance on the most dangerous criminals south of Miami.
Along with Powder Burn and A Death in China, this is one of the early suspense thrillers written by Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano, a writing team praised for their “fine flair for characters and settings” (Library Journal). Perfect for fans of the Doc Ford novels by Randy Wayne White, Trap Line is an action-packed preview of Hiaasen’s stellar Florida-set crime novels including Sick Puppy, Tourist Season, and Razor Girl.
Fast paced, could 't put it down!
Getting off the Rock
Carl Hiassen’stock in trade has long been the villainous grotesques who swarm his novels about life in Florida. Here that Dickensian variety is pared down, and the core of the story, the struggle of one « Conch » Captain to make a better future for himself and his baseball loving son in the face of endless bills, stolen traps, and certain demands from the local representatives of what Hiassen calls « the Machine » (ie thé Colombian drug cartel) one of which is of the kind one can’t refuse.
Not classic Carl
You can tell this was mostly written by his buddy, there was no humor like in all the other Carl books I’ve read. That being said, I still finished it, and it was okay. It was a solid 2 stars.