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The Extravaganza of the Seas is a five-thousand-ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find more money. In the middle of a tropical storm one night, these characters are among the passengers it carries: Fay Benton, a single mom and cocktail waitress desperate for something to go right for once; Johnny and the Contusions, a ship's band with so little talent they are . . . well, the ship's band; Arnold and Phil, two refugees from the Beaux Arts Senior Center; Lou Tarant, a wide, bald man who has killed nine people, though none recently; and an assortment of uglies whose job it is to facilitate the ship's true business, which is money-laundering or drug-smuggling or . . . something.

What happens to them all in the midst of the fiercest storm in years, the unpredictable ways in which this trip will change their lives and send them ricocheting off each other like a giant game of pinball, is the story of this astonishing, wickedly satisfying, all-too-human novel by "one of the funniest writers alive" (Carl Hiaasen).

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Dave Barry is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for The Miami Herald and the author of many bestsellers.

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Madam Pince, July 27, 2008 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
Having been deprived of his weekly column for the last few years, I'd forgotten how Dave Barry is the king of belly-laughs. He borrows liberally from his friend and Miami Herald colleague Carl Hiaasen in setting up this story -- one of the heavies is almost identical, even by name, to a thug in Hiaasen's Native Tongue -- but dreams up a tale all his own. Sprinkled with his trademark humor and citing events that could only occur in South Florida, Barry constructs a believable tale of high-sea hijinks and nuttiness where the bad guys get what they deserve, the good guys triumph, and the retirees keep pushing nickels into the slot machines
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Product Details

Barry, Dave
Putnam Adult
Zweibel, Alan
New York
Ocean travel
Humorous fiction
General Fiction
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Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. 2000-09
Publication Date:
October 1, 2002
Grade Level:
from 12
9.32x6.24x1.35 in. 1.51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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