Ninety-Two in the Shade

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Set in Key West--the nation's extreme limit--this is the story of a man seeking refuge from a world of drug addiction by becoming a skiff guide for tourists--even though a tough competitor threatens to kill him.
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Overview

Set in Key West--the nation's extreme limit--this is the story of a man seeking refuge from a world of drug addiction by becoming a skiff guide for tourists--even though a tough competitor threatens to kill him.
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"Full of surprises and rewards and an exhilaration one feels only rarely.... I offer a gentle exhortation -- please read this book." -- Newsday

Tiring of the company of junkies and burn-outs, Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a more wholesome life. But things fester in America's utter South. And Skelton's plans to become a skiff guide in the shining blue subtropical waters place him on a collision course with Nichol Dance, who has risen to the crest of the profession by dint of infallible instincts and a reputation for homicide. Out of their deadly rivalry, Thomas McGuane has constructed a novel with the impetus of a thriller and the heartbroken humor that is his distinct contribution to American prose.

"Thomas McGuane makes the page, the paragraph, the sentence itself a record of continuous imaginative activity.... He is an important as well as a brilliant novelist."

-- The New York Times Book Review

"McGuane's sense of place, his harsh and delicate exactness of detail are at their keenest."

-- Newsweek

"Few writers have explored our national malaise as persistently -- or as elegantly -- as Thomas McGuane, a writer whose command of the language has helped define our American loneliness." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679752899
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 246,822
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas McGuane lives in Sweet Grass County, Montana. He is the author of eight previous novels and a collection of stories, as well as two collections of essays.
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