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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd; New e. edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156026996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156026994
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT?
"A roisterous romp, a novel Elmore Leonard might have written if he made Key West and the Caribbean his home . . . Part soap opera, part Saturday morning cliffhanger and all fun."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A high-jinks lark and a breezy read . . . An oddball combination of a wild adventure story and a wacky whodunit."-The Boston Globe

From the Back Cover

Where is Joe Merchant? Five years ago, the rock star committed suicide,
yet he keeps popping back into the tabloid headlines like a piece of toast.
Could he actually be alive? That's what his sister, hemorrhoid-ointment heiress
Trevor Kane, wants to know. Journalist Rudy Breno cares only that Merchant
gets bigger headlines than Elvis. And for renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama,
the mystery is turning his life upside down.
Once again, Jimmy Buffett cooks up an irresistible gumbo of dreamers,
wackos, pirates, and sharks, as he leads Trevor and Frank on a wild chase
through the Caribbean to a place where anything can happen . . . and everything
does.
"A high-jinks lark and a breezy read." -T H E B O S T O N G LO B E
"Enough hair-breadth escapes and miraculous rescues to fill two Robert
Ludlum novels and have enough left over for an episode of Rescue 911.
All that and talking dolphins too." -E N T E R TA I N M E N T W E E K LY
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a
legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic
songs as "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
He has recorded more than thirty albums, most of which
have gone gold, platinum, or multiplatinum. He is also the
author of Tales from Margaritaville and the #1 New York
Times bestseller A Pirate Looks at Fifty.

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By A Customer on 27 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Jimmy Buffett knows the tropics, and generally sings about what he knows. This well known fact is liable to colour people's opinion about this book, potentially unfairly. Were it not JB writing the book, readers would likely be impressed by the author's knowledge of and love for his subject matter. Because it is JB, readers who do not like his music are likely to see it as simple empire building on his part, noting the many references to his own songs and life.
The fact is that the book stands alone well, is enjoyable, and for a book of 460 pages, rolls along at a pretty good pace. The mystery (or mysteries) is well put together, and has enough twists and turns to keep you interested and has some real surprises.
The settings are exceptionally well developed, and the characters are well drawn to a point. This is not really a critisism, but just a warning that the plot is very Indiana Jones like which requires that the players, especially the leads tend towards the old fashioned Saturday Matinee type.
I have no intention of giving away the plot, but if you fancy a genuinly distracting read, about larger than life heroes, vilains and feisty dames set in a world of sea planes, modern day pirates and tropical locales, then this book is very much for you.
It goes without saying that if you are a fan of JB's music, then you will love this book, but even if you don't but do enjoy a well written, fast moving, modern set adventure, then take my advice, forget who the author is and just let yourself enjoy this book for what it is.
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After thoroughly enjoying my first Jimmy Buffett novel, "A Salty Piece of Land" I decided once more to dip my toes into the warm waters of his world & wasn't disappointed. It's another slice of far-fetched adventure set amidst the swaying palm trees of the Caribbean, this time recounting the tales of charismatic seaplane pilot Frank Bama as he flies from one tropical dilemna to another. If you like your books full of escapism - I highly recommend reading one of Buffett's books. It's a perfect tonic for a grey & dreary week-night in the UK & whilst the books may not be to everyone's taste, the writing is a lot better than many give Buffet credit for & the stories don't fail to raise a smile.

I did prefer "A Salty Piece of Land" to Joe Merchant but a large part of that may well be down to the fact that it was my first outing of Jimmy's, I do however feel it was a more alluring story with greater scope, locations & characters.

Buffett has been hugely successful in the USA as a writer & it's easy to see why. Often however the Brits & Americans have differing tastes and I can't help but think that we're missing out as Buffett's stories & writing are far more enjoyable than the majority of un-imaginative trash that appears to be lining our local supermarket stores for the last decade or so.

Looking forward to my next slice of Jimmy Buffett when boredom sets in !
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HASH(0x8d9c1bc4) out of 5 stars Yes, I am a pirate....parrothead....phan.... 28 May 2002
By Terry Mathews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Right up front, I'll admit to being a true Parrothead. Have all the albums/CD's, but never read the books.
Then, a kind friend heard I was under the weather and sent me her copy of WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT.
I've read a lot of what's been posted here, and I can agree with the people *including some professional reviewers* who say Buffett's style is a little sloppy.
However, what he lacks in style, he certainly makes up for in substance.
I loved the stories about: (1)Frank Bama -- bruised and battered pilot with a commitment phobia; (2) Trevor Kane - Frank's beautiful ex-girlfriend whose family tree is so full of nuts that her last name should be PECAN or WALNUT or ALMOND. Trevor's looking for her lost brother, the supposedly dead rock 'n roller Joe Merchant; (3) Colonel Cairo who's looking for his lost arm, a treasure trove and control of Joe Merchant's fortunes; (4) Desdemona, macaroon-maker extraordinaire, who has been receiving instructions from 'the generators' on how to build a space ship; and (5) more subplots than a Robert Altman movie.
There's plenty of blood, guts and action to keep even a Steven King fan interested. One of Frank's best buddies blows up a fleet of jet skis, and while it's funny on the page, it makes the reader think about man's impact on the pristine ocean.
With Desdemona, Buffett even throws in some new age cosmic jokes, with hilarious results.
There is a twist, however, and it caught me completely by surprise. I had to go back and re-read the passage several times before it sunk in.
If you're looking for the tight, compact style of Hemingway or if you're into stream of consciousness like Faulkner, this book is probably not for you.
However, if you want a good story peopled with lots of interesting characters who are flawed but wonderfully written, and if you've ever wanted to just chuck it all and live in the Keys, you will probably devour WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT as quickly as I did and you'll be wanting more Frank and Trevor stories.
Enjoy!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9c1c18) out of 5 stars Josh's Review on "Where is Joe Merchant?" 16 April 2004
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In my opinion, the book "Where is Joe Merchant" is a very interesting story about a rock star disappearing and the search to find the truth. I feel that Jimmy Buffett did an excelent job of creating his characters and thouroughly explaining their thoughts and actions. In all, I feel that "Where is Joe Merchant" was very well written and put together. I rate it 5 stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f429438) out of 5 stars Fun Plot & Wonderfully Bizarre Characters 8 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can honestly say that this book appealed to both the avid reader AND the avid Parrothead in me! This was interesting and entertaining, with a typically Jimmy Buffett exotic setting and some fascinating and bizarre characters. Characters such as Frank Bama, Trevor Kane, Blanton Meyercord (my personal favorite!), Rudy Breno, Charlie Fabian, Colonel Cairo and of course the amazing Desdemona all made this a hard-to-put-down story.
A special note for Parrotheads: Although this is a book for anyone who likes reading bizarre love & adventure stories, Parrotheads will especially appreciate the subtle (and even not-so-subtle) references to your favorite Buffett songs. Pay special attention to the names of the chapters! :->
Anyone who has always wondered about Desdemona while listening to "Fruitcakes" and "Desdemona's Building a Rocket ship" should definitely read this book - all the answers are here!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9c575c) out of 5 stars Not what I expected 16 Aug. 2007
By Summer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had just read, A SALTY PIECE OF LAND, by Jimmy Buffett, and because I LOVED it, I rushed to buy WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT? assuming it would be as good as it. It was definitely a disappointment. It was not the escape to paradise that A SALTY PIECE OF LAND was. This was quite graphically violent and unpleasant most of the book. Yes, it had a happy ending, but overall, the book was not at all what I expected. :(
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f429d80) out of 5 stars Slip on your "flip-flops" for this one! 27 Aug. 1998
By jmclain001@sprintmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Parrotheads rejoice! The mayor of Margaritaville has tickled the imagination with this offering. As a lifelong Jimmy Buffett fan, I was thrilled that Jimmy chose to put his talents to the rhelm of the modern novel. Was this book what I expected? Absolutely not! That is what makes it so good. With pen and laptop in hand, Buffett has boldly slapped his creative license on the nightstand and provided perhaps the tallest tale ever. The story opens as a normal day in Key West, but Jimmy's roller coaster is just getting started. Buffett takes us into his own "little world" with some extremely dynamic characters that I found quite intriguing. Inspired by the many adventures of his remarkable life, Jimmy creates Frank Bama, a seasoned seaplane pilot with a love for his dog, his plane, and a woman who has capivated his heart. Through his many exciting - and quite deadly - adventures through the mysical Caribbean islands, Frank makes a few good friends, and learns how to truly open his heart to Trevor, the love of his life. This book is loaded with detailed descriptions of life as a "flying boat" captain, as well as the cutthroat pirates that still sail the tropics today. Jimmy also provides insight into the inspiration of some of his most beloved songs, producing a wonderful marriage between his writing and his music. Jimmy freely injects a touch of tropical fantasy with the storyline, allowing the reader to truly be swept away. This is not a book to be read at the library, however. Slip on the flip-flops, and head to the beach for this read. And let your imagination run away with Frank Bama on a heart-pounding journey. Jimmy Buffett recently said, "...I sell escapism". You've done just that, Jim. After a half hour with this book, I had to pinch myself to remind myself where I was. Thanks for a great adventure. Overall, a terrific, fast-paced read that's tough to put down. So pack up your suntan oil and pick it up today!
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