AMAZON KEY by Edward Fisher


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Something of a pointless to-do on an island in the Florida Straits centers around the relatives of young Mattie Jarboe and their effect on her romance with Monty Burns, a newspaperman from Tallabassee. From her godmother and her radar sense of the island's affairs, to her parents and their point of separation, and on to the raft of goaty uncles, Mattie runs and floats around the booze, bolita -- and babes that complicate the beginning and middle --and almost the end -- of her growing love for Monty. He in turn has his sufferings (mostly physical) but, between finding a fresh shrimp bed, almost getting a fortune from Mattie's father's gambling (but it evaporates) and practically establishing the whereabouts of godmother's cache, he does manage to free Mattie from her possessive background. Addlepated exaggeration.

Pub Date: Oct. 5th, 1961
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman