Whiplash River by Lou Berney
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“Like Carl Hiaasen, Berney delights in the cartoonish. Like Elmore Leonard, he can drive a plot. What sets him apart is how well he evokes love, making the romance…as compelling as the mystery.”
Boston Globe

Lou Berney immediately earned a seat of honor at the mystery masters’ table with his crackling caper novel, Gutshot Straight—a lightning-fast, fiendishly clever suspenser that screamed for a sequel. And here it is. Former professional wheel man Charles “Shake” Bouchon is back, living in the Caribbean paradise of Belize with his lawless past far behind him—until a gunshot tears through his beachside restaurant and he’s on the run again. A twisting tale filled with lawmen, con men, and  hit men; a beautiful but deadly FBI agent; and a murderous thug named Baby Jesus, Whiplash River recalls the best of the off-the-wall crime fiction impresarios—Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, James W. Hall, Robert Ferrigno, Tim Dorsey—while establishing its own unique orbit in the noir universe.

 

About Lou Berney

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Lou Berney is an accomplished writer, teacher, and liar. He has written feature screenplays and created TV pilots for, among others, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC, and Fox. He is the author of The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories, and his short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Gutshot Straight, his first novel, was written during the 2007-2008 film and TV Writers Guild strike. He lives in Oklahoma City, OK.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But that’s just the beginning of Shake’s problems: when a mysterious operator named Quinn is nearly killed in Shake’s dining room, Shake is drawn into a circuitous plot involving fertility tourism, exotic animal smuggling, a murderous oil and gas executive (he’s in fracking, of course), a...

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Whiplash River: A Novel

Examiner

Sometimes it's fun to like the bad guy, and in Lou Berney's new novel released July 10, "Whiplash River," that’s not hard to do.

Jul 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Whiplash River: A Novel

Book Reporter

This in turn initiates a series of incidents that results in Shake, with Quinn in tow (or maybe it’s the other way around), taking it on the lam from the assassins and one angry loan shark, with Holly bringing up the rear, attempting to protect Shake, whom she hopes to convert into an asset.

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BOOK REVIEWS, BOOK GIVEAWAYS, AUTHOR SERVICES AND MANY OTHER INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT This begins in Belize with Charles Samuel Bouchon, better known as Shake, who’s a former auto thief and professional wheelman for the Armenian mob.

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I would be interested in seeing additional books in the series that tell the stories of Evelyn Holly, a pseudo love interest and Harrigan Quinn, a charming storyteller filled with an endless supply of anecdotes.

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