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Keystone cops on the high seas, or something like that.
on 8 July 2011
As inevitable as the way in which idiotic mendacious fictional characters try to rip off powerful and dangerous drug lords is the way that Wahoo Rhapsody by Shaun Morey will be compared to Carl Hiaasen .Indeed a couple of reviews on here have done so already . The comparison is apt in style and tone , but alas ,not in quality .
Atticus Fish, a mega-rich American expatriate , a man who sued god and won , owns a fishing boat left in the competent hands of old friend Captain Winston (who once saved Atticus's life). Unfortunately, the first mate, the marvellously monikered Weevil decides to secretly run marijuana for a Mexican drug lord ,and then if that is not stupid enough decides to rip off said drug dealer while engaging in childish pranks involving fish hooks on the boats grad student Pike. Before you can shout Tuna , unpleasant goons under orders from the mysterious drug lord known only as "La Cucaracha" descend upon the Wahoo Rhapsody in order to find out what happened to the missing drugs .
The book does have it's moments of inspiration and to his credit the author writes in a zippy and humorously sharp manner .He does rely on Keystone Cops type pratfalls too often though .The books lead character , Attricus Fish ,is by far the most interesting thing about the book .His code of maritime justice is often brilliantly conceived and morally admirable . However the plot meanders, not unlike a trawler looking for the most profitable fishing grounds ,and there are numerous stereotypes employed , especially with the female characters . It feels the plot is heading towards some magnificent high farce conclusion but as it is, it all trudges towards a somewhat mundane damp squib climax.
Wahoo Rhapsody is certainly worth a read , and the author does show promise , but he will need to develop more complex plot's ,three dimensional characterisation throughout the novel entire, and more consistency if he is to be compared to Carl Hiaasen( not that Shaun Morey may want to ) with any ringing validity .As it is this book reads a bit Hiaasen -lite.