With its dozens of outlying islands and the native Conchs’ historically low regard for the law, Key West is a smuggler’s paradise. All that’s needed are the captains to run the contraband. Breeze Albury is one of the best fishing captains on the Rock, and he’s in no mood to become the Machine’s delivery boy. So the Machine sets out to persuade him. It starts out by taking away Albury’s livelihood. Then it robs him of his freedom. But when the Machine threatens Albury’s son, the washed-out wharf rat turns into a raging, sea-going vigilante.
In Trap Line, Hiaasen and Montalbano pit a handful of scruffy Conchs against an armada of drug lords, crooked cops, and homicidal marine lowlife. The result is a crime novel of dizzying velocity, filled with wrenching plot twists, grimily authentic characters, and enough local color for a hundred tropical shirts. It’s the Key West the tourist brochures won’t tell you about: a place as crooked as Al Capone’s Chicago and as irredeemably violent as Wyatt Earp’s Tombstone.
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Bad Monkey,Star Island, and Nature Girl. His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, and Chomp.
Skink—No Surrender is Hiaasen’s first book for teens and features one of his most iconic characters, the reclusive ex-governor of Florida now known as Skink. You can read more about Hiaasen and his work at CarlHiaasen.com.