Whiplash River

Whiplash River

Book - 2012
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With lots of dangerous people after him and his restaurant in flames, Charles "Shake" Bouchon, who thought he had left his life of crime behind for good, agrees to follow a mysterious man to Mexico and help pull off a big score.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062115287
Branch Call Number: Fic Bern
Characteristics: viii, 307 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 27, 2012

A delightful caper novel. Funny, fast-moving and full of off-the-wall characters, this follow up to "Gutshot Straight" continues the adventures of Shake Bouchon, former wheel man for the Armenian mob in L.A. and now a struggling restauranteur in Belize. Reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen in his heyday.

BeccaBB Sep 26, 2012

I liked Whiplash River. It was fast and funny. It was part thriller, part action and part heist book. The characters were quirky and interesting while still being believable. Berney manages to take some familiar elements; the slightly bumbling would be sidekick, the woman cop out to prove something, the ex-con trying to go good, the heist that keeps spinning further and further out of control and keep them from being derivative, cliché and stale. It has a good pace and enough action and surprises that there are no slow spots and it keeps your attention right to the end. It all comes together for a book that is enjoyable to read without much thinking involved. But I don’t know how much will stick with me. A month from now I’ll remember I liked the book and would read another by Berney but I don’t think I’ll be able to tell you the plot. But it was fun while it lasted.


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