Trap Line

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With its dozens of outlying islands and the native Conchs’ historically low regard for the law, Key West is a smuggler’s paradise. All that’s needed are the captains to run the contraband. Breeze Albury is one of the best fishing captains on the Rock, and he’s in no mood to become the Machine’s delivery boy. So the Machine sets out to persuade him. It starts out by taking away Albury’s livelihood. Then it robs him of his freedom. But when the Machine threatens Albury’s son, the ...
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Overview

With its dozens of outlying islands and the native Conchs’ historically low regard for the law, Key West is a smuggler’s paradise. All that’s needed are the captains to run the contraband. Breeze Albury is one of the best fishing captains on the Rock, and he’s in no mood to become the Machine’s delivery boy. So the Machine sets out to persuade him. It starts out by taking away Albury’s livelihood. Then it robs him of his freedom. But when the Machine threatens Albury’s son, the washed-out wharf rat turns into a raging, sea-going vigilante.

In Trap Line, Hiaasen and Montalbano pit a handful of scruffy Conchs against an armada of drug lords, crooked cops, and homicidal marine lowlife. The result is a crime novel of dizzying velocity, filled with wrenching plot twists, grimily authentic characters, and enough local color for a hundred tropical shirts. It’s the Key West the tourist brochures won’t tell you about: a place as crooked as Al Capone’s Chicago and as irredeemably violent as Wyatt Earp’s Tombstone.

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Published in 1984, 1981, and 1982, respectively, these novels feature action, intrigue, violence, and murder. In the Hitchcock vein, they also portray protagonists who are just ordinary people--a professor, an architect, and a fishing-boat captain--who are dragged into extraordinary circumstances. LJ's reviewer found Death in China "tautly written," adding that Montalbano and Hiaasen have a "fine flair for characters and settings" (LJ 4/1/84).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375700699
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 342,978
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen is the author of seven other novels.  He lives in Key West, Florida.
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    1. Hometown:
      Tavernier, Florida
    1. Education:
      Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    I haven't read the book yet, but have always liked his other boo

    I haven't read the book yet, but have always liked his other books. However, when I checked the reviews, not a single one actually reviewed the book. The reviews are filled with off-topic crap. Doesn't B&N monitor this site? Even if it's automated, isn't there some algorithm designed to spot suspicious words and phrases? This is a total waste of bandwidth and time to check them! So I'll give the guy 5 stars just on principle.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    good read

    A good mystery - if you have been to Key West you should really enjoy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Good Reading

    Always like reading about Florida and once again Carl Hiaasen kept me right there on the piers and wishing I was in the Florida Keys instead of the frozen north.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    To the editor: Needs better editing!

    This is only one example. I believe it starts on pg. 34, when we meet Crystal. Introduced as a she. Has a baby on her hip and one inside. Then down at the bottom of the page, Crystal is suddenly a "he". And stays that way. Huh?

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    Posted June 19, 2013

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Sab

    She growls " not quite!!" She throws her heavy axe and it smacshes against carlie face smushing her features. Then she snaped the flag of the ground and ran off to no manz land.

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Cloud

    Comes in with his golden sword and bowen arrow

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Percy

    Curses and shakes creating an earthquake around the whole red teams side

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Courtney

    SAB IT TURNED BLUE! OH NVM ITS JUST A GAME -.-

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Louis

    Gets up dizzilly

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Carlie

    *she collapses in a heap, unconscious.*

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    Posted October 28, 2012

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