Where is Joe Merchant? (Harvest Book) Paperback – 1 Sep 2003
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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
"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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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!