THE GREAT BONACKER WHISKY WAR by Ralph Maloney

THE GREAT BONACKER WHISKY WAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An Irish comedy about Prohibition rumrunners on Long Island, Rebellion has one of the funniest opening chapters of the year. A Coast Guard cutter chasing three yachts toward East End harbor starts to fire its cannon ""over the bow"" of the nearest boat. Instead, it blows the forepeak clean away and the Wally II ""went under without preface or argument, as though grabbed by a great undersea hand."" However, several cases of whisky come rising into the current and one is rescued and hidden on shore by a pixilated captain named Bailey Miller. This sets the tenor for the story of Bailey's being taken under the thumb of some Irish mobsters who need the use of Bailey's boat, the fastest ship in Bonack bay. When Bailey can't escape their hold on him, he pretends to go along with their plan to round up a fleet of local ships. A quarter-million in booze is arriving from England and has to be delivered to trucks on shore. Bailey's eventual foiling of the criminals' plans leads to a fast, amusing climax. These are slight but merry shenanigans for the Wibberley-Benchley audience.

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 1966
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.