Big Trouble

Big Trouble

Large Print - 1999
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In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything--written bestselling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures from Jane Austen to Tolstoy who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist...and done it with a style and inventiveness that establishes that, yes, he is very good at that, too. 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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999
Edition: Large print book club ed
ISBN: 9780739405154
0739405152
Characteristics: xi, 384 p. (large print) ; 22 cm

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Caminodepaz May 19, 2010

Even before the first W Bush election, Dave Barry was making fun of voting irregularities in Florida. This funny novel starts off with a job lead. Contact the right people on election day and you can make money voting early and often for the right people. Business gets trickier as arms deals go comically awry. What's a peacenik reading about terrorism?, Wellll, its comic terrorism...

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