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Powder Burn Paperback – 15 Aug 2013

3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447259599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447259596
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fast and killing chase in Florida’s murky waters . . .

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Tens of billions of dollars of cocaine money seeps through the veins of southern Florida every single year. At that price, even the most innocent people are going to get hurt . . . As the drug war escalates, Chris Meadows watched a friend and her daughter die – victims of the vicious gang war spilling onto the streets. He couldn’t turn his back. Now Meadows is the next target. Dangled on a hook by the friendly Florida cops – and live bait for cowboys who’ll do anything to save their trade . . . --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you're expected the ready Hiassen wit that made say 'striptease' and 'stormy weather' forget it, because this is just a pale crime by numbers waste of time. I don't know how much input Hiassen had on this, but it reads like zilch. Talk about cardboard characters and laboured plots. I could read this sort of crap by many other crime writers. The lead character was totally unlikeable and the premise unbelievable-would Columbia drug barons really accept him into their ranks on his say so? I doubt it and the sex scenes are straight from a Jackie Collins novel. Carl stick with the formula that serves you well, because this stinks!
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'Powder Burn' is Hiaasen's earliest novel and one of only a few books he wrote with William Montalbano. It's clear from this book why he decided to ditch his writing partner to become one of the most successful crime authors around. Hiaasen books pride themselves on being edgy, but also laced with a witty humour that has the reader gagging for more - this book had none of this trademark humour.

Chris Meadows is an architect living in early 80s Miami. He is horrified when he witnesses the death of an ex-lover and becomes involved in trying to bring the killers to justice. This results in him going undercover to investigate the up and coming drug barons of the area. Unfortunately for Meadows his interest in the case coincides with a new drugs war and forces Meadows to run for his life - or seek out and kill the killers.

This book suffers from two things - a lack of humour and a very dated feel. The book was written during the early 80s and it has a bad 'Miami Vice' feel to it. There are no knowing reflections on the era, just serious action that feels a little ridiculous. The book is not all bad, as the story itself is quite fun. The character of Meadows becomes interesting towards the end and you do want to read the conclusion. However, the knowledge that Hiaasen went on to much better things makes this book feel distinctly average.
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Massive disappointment - thought I had bought a Carl Hiaasen book but there were none of his "florida keys" characters and none of his fantastic humour. This was just another second rate novel about drugs in Miami. I know it was supposed to be co-written with Bill Montelbano but there was little evidence that Carl Hiaasen had much input. I cannot imagine why he allowed the book to be sold under his name and I felt that I had been seriously misled when buying a book from one of my favourite authors.
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A great story from Carl about a architect who was forced into a vile trade so that he could get justice for the innocent.
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