BAHAMA HEAT by Barry Estabrook


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 A viciously funny caper in which a cocaine shipment goes astray and is furiously tracked by the Saviour Network management team, who need it in order to turn ``Celestial City: A Prospectus'' into a reality; by hard-drinking (and gorgeous) Stormy Lake, whose boyfriend, Bingo, stole it out from under the noses of mobster goons Fat Boy and Raul (and was then killed by them); by the Reverend Miles Farnsworth, who needs it to support his Bahamian mission school, as well as to marry an organ-playing schoolteacher (actually an undercover federal agent); and by mafioso bigwig Montano, who sets up separate deals with each of the others to reclaim the million-dollar stash. Is the cocaine aboard the Come to Jesus Cruiser? Was it on the plane that landed in the tomato fields north of Miami? Will the Reverend ditch the teacher for Stormy? Who's really double-crossing whom? With a plot that hops around more than a Mexican jumping bean, first-novelist Estabrook delivers a caper worthy of vintage Westlake, marred only by a gratuitous death or two. Feisty, goofy, and unputdownable.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-06297-4
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1991


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