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El Dorado Blues (An Atticus Fish Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Shaun Morey
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Book Description

In the badlands of southern Baja, retired expatriate billionaire Atticus Fish finds himself sabotaging illegal commercial longliners from his one-man submarine, and schooling boneheaded tourists in civility. But when archaeologist Duncan Rigby gets kidnapped while on the trail of the legendary Jesuit Treasure, intrepid PI Toozie McGill enlists Atticus to fire up his seaplane and fly off in pursuit. Finding the archaeologist is one thing; recovering the stolen jewels is something else altogether. Now that word of the Treasure is out, will Atticus and his sideckick, mescal bootlegger Skegs, stand a chance against the deadly wave of treasure hunters who wash up on Baja’s shores?

A delightfully offbeat mystery adventure brimming with colorful characters and local atmosphere, El Dorado Blues will charm readers in the best-selling tradition of Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, and Jimmy Buffett.



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Digby, devoted anthropologist and scholar, finally gets his hooks into the discovery of the century in Mexico's rural Baja California peninsula, only to be kidnapped by two bad guys. But there are competing bad guys because nothing brings out greed like buried treasure. Fortunately, Digby told his sister where he was going, so when she gets worried, she contacts Arizona PI Toozie. Toozie knows she wants Atticus Fish, a reclusive and well-armed expat attorney living in Baja, to help. Bring out the crooks, the weaponry, the gadgets, and the fun. Atticus, Toozie, and their team pull out the stops to rescue Digby and do right by the treasure. VERDICT: Why let Florida corner the market on escapades when Morey can so ably describe a wild and wacky Baja? His sophomore entry (after Wahoo Rhapsody) is perfect escape reading for those craving a heist with fancy equipment and a dose of environmental asides thrown in for good measure. For fans of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey (for tone) and Erle Stanley Gardner (for his Baja connection.)

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Atticus Fish—the attorney who sued God, won, and then retreated with his millions to a sand castle in Baja—is back, and this time he’s landed in the middle of an even crazier caper than the one he engineered in Wahoo Rhapsody (2011). Atticus’ friend, the beguiling Toozie, asks for his help in tracking down a missing archaeologist, Digby Rigby, who has disappeared in a particularly foreboding mix of mountains and desert in the Baja interior. So begins an outlandish treasure hunt: Digby is on the trail of the legendary Jesuit Treasure, Baja’s version of El Dorado, but unlike the thousands who came before him, he’s found it—and promptly lost it, of course. That’s only the beginning; the treasure changes hands multiple times as Atticus and cavort about Baja, on land, sea, and in the air, attempting to secure the treasure, or, alternatively, avoid its curse. Naturally, there’s a bizarre crew of bad guys on the scene, including one very bad lady with a Howard Hughes thing about germs. None of it makes much sense, but that’s half the fun in Morey’s tequilla-fueled comic caperville. — Bill Ott

Product Details

  • File Size: 1068 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469218097
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TVAPU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat, zany suspense novel that is a rollicking read October 22, 2012
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Having missed out on an opportunity to review a pre-release copy of Shaun Morey's previous book, "Wahoo Rhapsody", I jumped at the chance to get an early look at its successor, "El Dorado Blues". The double-meaning in the title (a continuation of the title theme from the book's predecessor: the name of a fish and a musical term, with the added cachet of a reference to the plot element involving a lost New World treasure) is just the beginning of the clever - and somewhat wacky - goings-on in the story.

Reclusive, über-wealthy attorney Atticus Fish is once more involved in mayhem in Baja; this time involving archaeologists, art dealers, drug dealers (again...), hit men, a lovely lady sailor, and some of the wackiest, most whacked-out characters this side of a Carl Hiaasen novel. The story revolves around the search for a lost Jesuit treasure, sought after by historians, archaeologists and art dealers - some of whom are willing to commit murder to possess it. Fish wades in on the side of right and righteousness (unusual for a lawyer, I know...), all the while doing his best to maintain a low profile because of the quite large number of people who want to see him taken down (one of whom shows up and makes life hard for Fish for a while).

The plot and the crazy characters are too much to cover in a review without really giving away a lot of the fun - but I can guarantee that if you have read and enjoyed the works of Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, or Jimmy Buffett, or any combination of the three, you will enjoy "El Dorado Blues". I held off on a 5th star because I felt that Morey wrapped up a few plot elements in a rather hurried, and overly-convenient, fashion, but other than that I can't say a word against it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too much happening to be enjoyable December 7, 2012
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There are so many characters introduced in this novel it is difficult to keep everyone straight. No character is developed to any point beyond a base description and random tidbits about their personality that I found myself having a hard time keeping all the names straight and not feeling particularly invested in the outcome of any of their story lines. I also don't really agree with calling this, or the first Atticus Fish novel, a mystery; they are definitely mysteries in the classic sense. More like an action adventure because the reader and the characters all know who has done what throughout the book. The first Atticus Fish novel is a fun read, this second novel is a bit of drudgery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beach Read - Even for the Winter October 12, 2012
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With three villains - a germaphobe, a wanna-be porn producer (of himself no less), and a real estate developer/tycoon - and multiple miserable sidekicks and goons whose mistakes and dumb luck leave you shaking your head or laughing out loud, it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying the second Atticus Fish novel by Shaun Morey.

For those who missed Morey's first Atticus Fish novel, Wahoo Rhapsody (An Atticus Fish Novel), suffice it to say that Shaun Morey is the West Coast answer to Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen. Fantastic beach reading or airplane reading (although beware what I mentioned about laughing out loud). There's no need to go back to read Wahoo Rhapsody (An Atticus Fish Novel), enough background information is provided in El Dorado Blues (An Atticus Fish Novel).

To sum up the story, an archaeologist digs up a lost Jesuit treasure, originally buried just as the Jesuits were banned from Mexico by the Spanish King hundreds of years back. Of course, with that much treasure (or "artifacts" as the archaeologist keeps insisting), you know bad things are soon to happen - the treasure was supposedly cursed - and sure enough, three different main character villains soon appear along with various tag-along goons and hangers-on.

Poor Atticus - desiring only to live a nice peaceful life where he's not bothered by low lifes - is, of course, dragged into the affair along with his friend and compatriot, Skegs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Atticus Fish is the man with a plan and a Titantic-sized boatload of money to make it happen. After successfully engineering a class action suit against "God"-or rather the insurance companies that use "acts of God" to withhold rightful compensation for policyholders or their beneficiaries- Atticus has retired to his secluded island off the coast of Baja Mexico to escape. He occasionally still wages war against greed and stupidity by ordering his own submersible and cutting the fishing gear on the long lining commercial boats who skirt the legalities of what they should be catching vs. what they are including endangered species. He buys off real estate developers who seeks to build highend developments in ecologically sensitive areas and demonstrates to Southern good ol' boys that you shouldn't mess with nature.

But Fish's ex-sister-in-law calls and asks for his help in locating an university professor who has gone missing in Baja. Seems the professor's sister was contacted by the professor before he left the States and was told to call in Fish's sister-in-law, a PI, if he didn't get back to her in a reasonable amount of time. Professor Duncan Rigby had gotten a solid lead on a treasure lost for centuries, the fabled Jesuit Treasure, in the Baja desert and he was concerned about a little competition in returning it to the Mexican government without interference. He had cause for concern.

Into this equation comes an American billboard millionaire with a taste for "flexibly" obtained Latin American antiquities, a local brothel owner who makes Howard Hughes look quaint and supplements her income with substandard mescal and gray market art and more backstabbing and local color than you can shake a stick at.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Retired lawyer living in Mexico protects legendary Jesuit treasure.
An ok story about a retired crime lawyer living in Mexico. Interesting characters and a little mystery regarding a found treasure, with a little love thrown In. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to pass the time
I've enjoyed all of the Atticus Fish novels I've read but there were some misused nautical terms that get under my skin a bit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William K. Ragland
4.0 out of 5 stars Action!
If you enjoy fishing and lots of action, you will enjoy this series. The locales sound like they are hotter than I care for but they work for the story.
Published 1 month ago by gardenlady51
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish tale
A very entertaining book from beginning to end. I enjoy Morey's books and I look forward to the next book.
Published 2 months ago by Bill Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
This book has a collection of great characters. From the reluctant billionaire to the crazy twins they are all interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Nell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a quick read
Good fun. Four stars based on the type of book it is. I'll read another of Modest books so that says it all
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Candy
This is a perfect "sit back and enjoy the ride" read. Morey casts the perfect characters, taking you on a fun journey ( but with bits of mayhem and debauchery) to a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by RJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I have only read a few of Shaun Morey's books but I love the Atticus Fish novels they are entertaining and since I love that area I love reading the books.
Published 6 months ago by V-girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, entertaining.
Good read. Morey's knowledge of the Baja region adds flavor to the story line. Keeping track of various characters that appear throughout the book can be a little challenging at... Read more
Published 6 months ago by george m. ream
5.0 out of 5 stars Be sure to grt the trio!
These books were just fun. A crime gets solved as you follow

These books are fun to read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. L. Whitehead-Kenoyer
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Shaun Morey is the author of the bestselling Incredible Fishing Stories series and a contributor to Sun magazine. He won the inaugural Abbey-Hill short-story contest and is a three-time winner of the Los Angeles Times novel-writing contest. Over the years, he has worked as a bartender, a fishmonger, a surf instructor, and an attorney, but he always comes back to writing.

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