Wrong Doyle

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Tim Doyle's uncle has left him a dilapidated mini-golf course and a broken-down bar. When all the wrong people pressure him to sell out fast, Tim starts to wonder if there is something to the rumors of treasure his pirate ancestor is reputed to have left somewhere along the mysterious coast.

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Overview

Tim Doyle's uncle has left him a dilapidated mini-golf course and a broken-down bar. When all the wrong people pressure him to sell out fast, Tim starts to wonder if there is something to the rumors of treasure his pirate ancestor is reputed to have left somewhere along the mysterious coast.

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Set on the pirate-haunted Atlantic coast just south of the Maryland-Virginia border, Girardi's delightfully improbable and loosely plotted fourth novel (after Vaporetto 13) is a raunchily erotic mishmash of pirate lore, putt-putt golf, corporate chicanery, Irish gangsters and tongue-in-cheek reflections on matters ecological. Womanizing, hard-boozing vagabond Tim Doyle is called back from Paris to discover he has inherited his uncle Buck's rundown putt-putt golf course and saloon (complete with Buck's nubile young mistress, Maggie) on the remaining family land in a remote Virginia backwater. Pressured to make a quick sale by high-rolling real estate developers with a history of drug dealing, Doyle smells a rat (actually a rotting carcass of a rare endangered albino opossum left as a dire warning to sell or be killed). The pressure escalates when two hoods are sent to burn Doyle and Maggie out, but that only increases their resolve to restore the golf course and hang on. Appearances are also made by a wealthy ex-girlfriend of Doyle's, a corrupt soft drink manufacturer using Chinese slave labor, agents from the INS and Fish and Wildlife Service, an ancient document revealing the location of a buried pirate ship and the dwarf henchman of a gay Irish air-conditioning mogul lately turned soda pop capitalist. For readers willing to suffer the ancestral Doyle biographies prefacing the novel's five sections, this droll parade makes for a passably good read. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Buried pirate treasure is the come-on for this tongue-in-cheek yarn about a feisty Virginian and the scurvy knaves ranged against him. The 17th-century Irish buccaneer Finster Doyle buried his loot beneath an island off the Virginia peninsula before the law caught up with him. Doyles have been living on Pirate Island ever since. (Pirates figured more prominently in The Pirate's Daughter, 1997, Girardi's second novel, than they do here, his fourth.) The last of the Doyles is 42-year-old Tim, raised by his beloved uncle Buck after his father died at sea. Tim later married the delectable Flor and lived with her in her native Spain until she threw him out after one affair too many. Now, the self-destructive Tim is back, devastated by Buck's recent death, drinking himself into oblivion and confronting an anonymous death threat if he doesn't leave again pronto. Tim's not going anywhere; he loves the place, especially the pirate-themed miniature golf course Buck created, even though the mainland has gone horribly upscale in his long absence. Could developer and former drug dealer Roach Pompton be behind that death threat? And why is his shady lawyer Slough pressuring him to accept an anonymous offer for the island? The threats don't stop. After attempted arson, two Irish hit men show up; swashbuckling Tim dispatches one of them with an antique Colt. Sandwiched between these developments are colorful episodes involving Doyle's ancestors, including Finster's own larger-than-life story. Unfortunately, they slow the momentum of Tim's drama, while sharing an over-the-top quality. Eventually, it becomes clear the pirate treasure is a red herring: Tim is up against a corporate conspiracy mastermindedby a flamboyant Irish queen who is also a ruthless businessman. Our guy is kidnapped, but still manages to have bathtub sex with the businessman's daughter before (finally) a let-'er-rip straightaway leading to two showdowns and some impressive firepower. It's all good, not-so-clean fun, though the suspense suffers from those self-indulgent interpolations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932112184
  • Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Girardi
Robert Girardi was educated at Catholic schools in Europe and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a recipient of the James Michener Fellowship in 1989.  He lives in Washington, D.C.  This is his first novel.
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