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Baja Florida (Zack Chasteen Series) Hardcover – January 19, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
At the request of a dying friend, Mickey Ryser, Zack Chasteen goes on a hunt for Ryser's daughter, Jen, in Edgar-finalist Morris's enjoyable if flawed fourth thriller set in Florida and the surrounding waters (after A Deadly Silver Sea). Ryser hasn't seen Jen in 20 years, but she was supposed to be sailing her boat down from Charleston, S.C., with a crew of friends to meet him on Lady Cut Cay, a tiny island in the Bahamas, which Chasteen calls Baja Florida. Chasteen follows the trail blazed by an incompetent detective hired by Ryser, tangles with a ring of boat thieves, and winds up wanted by the Bahamian police. Improbably, neither Ryser, who doesn't know what Jen looks like, nor Chasteen, tries to locate a recent photo of Jen, who's being held prisoner. That readers are privy to Jen's continuing travails lessens the suspense. On the other hand, Chasteen's knack for getting into trouble, his unusual Taino shaman companion, and a rousing ending more than compensate. (Jan.)
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Zack Chasteen, the former footballer turned palm tree farmer and sleuth in the Bahamas, is going to regret that he agreed to do a favor for a friend. Granted, the friend, Mickey, is dying, and the favor is heart touching: Mickey wants Zack to find his estranged daughter, who appears to have disappeared, perhaps along with the private detective Mickey hired to find her. But still: doing a favor is one thing, and risking your own life is something else altogether. Zack handles the various adversities he encounters with his usual wit and aplomb, but the big problem is simply this: How do you find someone when you don’t know what she looks like? Fans of the earlier Chasteen novels, including Jamaica Me Dead (2005) and A Deadly Silver Sea (2008), will enjoy this one’s mixture of humor and mystery. Because each novel can be read as a stand-alone, newcomers to the series can jump right in. --David Pitt
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After agreeing, Zack springs into action along with his longtime associates, Boggy, a Taino shaman, and Charlie Callahan, a seaplane pilot. Before long, Zack and his buddies run afoul of shady boat thieves, deadly miscreants involved in an-over-the-top get rich quick scheme, and a clever frame job that has them fleeing from Bahamian authorities. A continuing mystery for Zack revolves around just who is who in this fast paced thriller that at times has the reader anxiously holding on for just one more chapter. The last 50 pages contain excitement, duplicity, a double-cross, sudden violence, and several heartwarming moments.
While there are several definite holes in the plot, they are not nearly sizable enough to discourage the engrossed reader. Astute readers may guess or suspect some of the mystery early on, but that does not in any way negate the suspense and the investigation, nor the human interest elements of the story. Morris has created a likable, doggedly loyal yet imperfect character in Chasteen. He makes his share of mistakes as he weaves through the novels, but his hard nosed determination buttressed by his keen sense of ethics are enough to keep his fans engrossed. I strongly recommend this series and this particular effort.
The plot and action pacing play out perfectly; his writing is taut and intelligent, and his main character, Zack, is not only likable, but much more realistic than most other mystery-thriller series' heros. Boggy, the sidekick, is fascinating, and contributes greatly to the overall scene.
Another big plus is the author's obvious expertise in the Carribbean, with its food, people, setting, and drink of choice: rum. For anyone wanting to better know these islands---the Bahamas, in this case, which most people sadly think of as little more than Paradise Island--here's a place to find out what they're really like. It's a nice plus to a story that's simply perfectly told.
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sometimes you got to wonder about Zack's way of thinking...
As in this Baja Florida novel, there are times Mr.Read more