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Tricky Business
Tricky Business
Tricky Business
Audiobook8 hours

Tricky Business

Written by Dave Barry

Narrated by Dick Hill

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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The Extravaganza of the Seas is a five-thousand-ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find more money. In the middle of a tropical storm one night, these characters are among the passengers it carries: Fay Benton, a single mom and cocktail waitress desperate for something to go right for once; Johnny and the Contusions, a ship’s band with so little talent they are…well, the ship’s band; Arnold and Phil, two refugees from the Beaux Arts Senior Center; Lou Tarant, a wide, bald man who has killed nine people, though none recently; and an assortment of uglies whose job it is to facilitate the ship’s true business, which is money-laundering or drug-smuggling or…something.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 16, 2017
ISBN9781543612516
Tricky Business
Author

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of more bestsellers than you can count on two hands, including Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Turns Forty, and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist best known for his booger jokes, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Miami.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I was very disappointed by this, after reading 2 Dave Barry novels that were clever, intriguing, and full of fun.In this one, Barry seems to substitute violence, including fairly graphic scenes of torture, for humor.I do not find this a winning strategy.The excessive violence- Ok, mostly toward the Bad Guys- and especially the torture really turned me off. I was not expecting grimdark here.The plot is OK. The senior citizens who save the day are great. The use of farting as a plot device was... interesting. All endedd well except for the Bad Guys, who met gruesome fates.Parts of the plot were silly, and without the violence might have made a much more fun novel.I really do not recommend this one. Barry has written some fabulous southern Florida funny crime novels- read them instead.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Tricky Business doesn't come together quite as well as Big Trouble, and a little more of the action has to be resolved in the epilogue, however this is still great, outrageous fun.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Tricky Business doesn't come together quite as well as Big Trouble, and a little more of the action has to be resolved in the epilogue, however this is still great, outrageous fun.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Silly story about a casino ship hijacking during a tropical storm. Some very funny lines the Dave Barry who is a Florida humorist, but overall I got bored with the whole thing.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    I was very disappointed with this book. I found it EXCESSIVELY trashy. Barry has lost his way.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I don't know why this scores less than Big Trouble, because Tricky Business is definitely funnier than the latter. Not only that, it's smarter and more imaginative. Unfortunately, the surprise factor of Big Trouble had worn off. Still, the gags are hilarious and if you tell them to your friends, you'll get laugh out loud laughs. Just like Big Trouble, this book is funniest in the first few chapters, after which the plot thickens and the jokes dry up. For such a good book there's quite a few pages dedicated to flatulence and barfing jokes. If you can get past that, then definitely pick up this book to read.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I have enjoyed Dave Barry's column and collections for a long time. This is like a Where's Waldo book, looking for the humorous writing that I normally associate with him. It is in there, but it is mixed in with a serious combinations of mobsters, drug-trafficers, undercover agents, geriatrics, and a whole cast of other characters. I just read this for the second time, and found it to still be an enjoyable entertaining read. Much grittier than his other writing, without a single reference to boogers, (thought there are references to other bodily functions). Definately an adult drama with homor.