I hadn't read any of George R R Martins books before, but noting the plot all took place on one of my favorite rivers, I bought it. And, boy, was I glad! I was hooked. I was immediately transported to a paddle-boat on the Mississppi, not just any paddle-boat, but the Fevre Dream The story of Abner Marsh and his partner Joshua York trundeling down to New Orleans was fantastic......you will have to read the book to find out what happened. Enjoy!