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Product Details

  • Series: Zack Chasteen Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312328893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312328894
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As Morris's hard-boiled, edgy debut novel opens, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zachary Chasteen is being released after serving almost two years in a Florida penitentiary on trumped-up charges. Zack longs to be reunited with Barbara Pickering, his velvet-voiced lover, who is busy in the Bahamas shooting a spread for the magazine she owns. He gets ditched mid-journey by the limo driver she's sent ahead to fetch him and is suddenly on his own, penniless and without ID. Zack hitches a ride to his childhood home, but once there, he's ambushed by the violent lackeys of Victor Ortiz, the man who framed him years before. Zack manages a narrow escape, but is faced with even more trouble. Barbara's ex-fiancé, Brice, is found murdered, and she's been kidnapped with a hefty ransom on her head. Police inspector (and former football player) Lynfield Pederson and Zack put their heads together as Hurricane Curt barrels toward them. After the limo driver who originally deserted Zack is identified as a well-known deadly criminal and the probable source of all things bad, Zack gets a lucky break and speeds off to a bat-filled sea cave to confront his nemesis at the novel's bullet-ridden climax. An array of colorful locals gives the story some much-needed texture, while juicy plotting keeps this impressive page-turner simmering. Morris has produced an accomplished first novel with a priceless final scene.
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From Booklist

The one-word title of journalist Morris' debut novel stands as a hint that something is going on here. Just about every other mystery novelist would feel compelled to name a book about murder in the Bahamas something anatomical and tendentious like Blood on the Sand. But Morris knows how to put some bounce in his writing: his narrator has a fresh, true voice and a lode of comic cynicism. Ex-Miami Dolphin Zack Chasteen (the narrator) invites readers along on a stutter-step saga that starts with his release from a Florida federal prison. Chasteen discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped from their rendezvous spot on Bar Harbor Island in the Bahamas and that her ex-boyfriend has been murdered. And things get worse, much worse, from there--with Chasteen serving both as target and as canny tour guide through the rough edges of the Bahamas. This is a series to watch. Connie Fletcher
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More About the Author

Bob Morris is the author of five novels in the Zack Chasteen series of mysteries set in Florida and the Caribbean. BAHAMARAMA was a finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe award for best first novel.

Morris has also published several collections of essays, including SHORT ROAD TO HELL, THE MAN WITH THE FISH ON HIS FOOT, GUT CHECK, ALL OVER THE MAP and THE WHOLE SHEBANG. He is a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing and a recipient of the Ernie Pyle Award for outstanding human interest writing in America.

A former newspaper columnist and magazine editor, Morris has contributed to National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appetit, Islands, Caribbean Travel & Life, Men's Fitness, Virtuoso Life and numerous other publications. He lives in Winter Park, FL, and teaches creative writing at Rollins College.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading Mr. Morris' next novel.
H. F. Corbin
The engaging narrative unfolds smoothly as it deftly reveals a number of unexpected plot twists and introduces some very interesting supporting characters.
Michael G.
Some times you just want to read a book for entertainment.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Strecker on February 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
So Bob Morris has written a book? What could it be? I have been reading his stuff for years. Could be a travelogue. He knows more about the world between Georgia and the Equator than just about anyone. Could be about the environment. He genuinely loves the real Florida, the one that existed before air conditioners, more than the Sierra Club could ever pretend to. Could be a love story; it is dedicated to his bride and sons, after all. Could be a mystery. He is a somewhat devious devil. Could be a comedy. He is one of the funniest people you will ever meet. Could be a collaboration with Julia Child, as I understand that when he appears at a book signing, he will make a batch of conch fritters for you. Whatever it might turn out to be, I expected it to be a great read. And so it is.

The setting begins in a Florida prison and follows the release of Zach Chasteen, a former Miami Dolphin, to the Bahamas, the real Bahamas, not Nassau.

The plot is a convoluted(gotta have convolutions to make a mystery) tale of money, drugs, various family issues, and some amazing coincidences.

The conflict is, or course, good versus evil, within the context of the plot, setting and characters.

The theme is loyalty. Zach struggles to be loyal to his love Barbara. Zach's business partner and confidante. Boggy, turns out to be steadfastly loyal to Zach, Zach's misconceptions notwithstanding.

The narrative is riveting. The setting and the action captivate the reader. Morris knows the place and the time and the people.

The outcome is a brilliant story, told by a writer who has mastered his craft. Trust me, it is worth the read. It compels one to complete the task without interruption.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Ramsey on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is not a "great" mystery novel, but it is a decent read if you have a minute. The story centers around Zack Chasteen, a recently released, wrongly acccused ex-football player/ex-con. A little of the action is hokey at times, a couple of the characters hard to believe and one side story that is omnipresent but handled in a rapid, throw it in there at the last minute, manner. But all-in-all the novel was a promising start to a new series. Though not a fan of most of the "Florida" mystery authors, Morris seems to be off to a decent start. Worth a look at least.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2004
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It must be something about the Florida climate that spawns good mystery writers, Bob Morris being the latest. His first mystery opens with the protagonist's release from Federal Prison Camp/Baypoint, a home away from home for white collar types-- not exactly what we would expect for the makings of a sympathetic character. We soon learn, however, that Zack Chasteen was wrongly convicted and indeed is a most likeable mystery solver. He dresses well, eats and drinks even better and is in general a laid-back dude, even when he has to kill to protect himself. This very well-written novel has an intricate, byzantine plot. Things are not as they seem here. While I anticipated some of the events, Mr. Morris and Zack were usually miles ahead of me. I would call this novel "slick", and that is not a pejorative term. It goes down as easily as a fine piece of Key lime pie. Actually, I wish Mr. Morris had included recipes for all that wondrously exotic food he discusses.

A friend and fellow-reader thinks the writer may have been too hard on Lesbians. (I don't want to give away the plot.) I didn't think so. Perhaps Mr. Morris can give the religious right a hard time next time.

I look forward to reading Mr. Morris' next novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on October 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bahamarama is another of the southeast based books amongst a sea of authors currently writing about Florida. Morris moves offshore into the Bahamas, however, providing us with a different locale in the same region. For me, this book lacked momentum but was still enjoyable enough to complete. There is no shifting of scenes as the entire book is viewed through Chasteen, a recent prison release. It's a straight forward day by day journey of the character as he seeks his missing girlfriend. It's not bad for a first book and I'm sure the author will improve in his next few books. I will give him another shot when his next one is out in paperback.

This book could easily be turned into a comical movie along the lines of Big Trouble, Big Bounce, or Get Shorty. While I found the book to be in need of a kick, it's an enjoyable enough outing if you want to try a new author for your reading selections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith G on July 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First off, let me say this is a great fun read and once you begin you better be prepared to read, because you will get hooked. I finished this book in about two days and it made me want to read more by Bob Morris.

The story revolves around Zach Chasteen, an ex Football player for Miami, who found himself in jail after he was framed for a deal gone bad with some Latin drug lords. Zach is pretty hard bolied and down to earth and his only passions in life are his girlfriend and his boat. When his girlfriend winds up missing on a photo shoot in the Bahamas, Zach finds himself entangled in a game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers.

The plot is okay and perhaps like me, you'll be able to figure out the ending before it happens. However, the characters are so good you'll keep reading anyway. Take a vacation and enjoy this book.
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