Insane City (Hardcover)

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    Let me preface this with, I have never read a Dave Barry novel.  I plan to remedy this in the near future.  Insane City incorporates many of my favorite things to find in a story like laughter, pimps, memory loss, pirate ships, weddings and so much more.  This book reads at such a fast pace that there is always something building up and happening.  It's like dilemmas keep getting compounded until problems begin exploding. 
    Seth is marrying his, way too good for him, fiancé in Florida.  They are bringing a groom posse, Seth's parents, Tina's extremely wealthy father (who is part of a select group of very powerful men that get whatever they want), and Tina's pot head sister with them.  Everyone in this book is involved in the plot.  None of the characters are filler.  I haven't even mentioned yet how they meet hookers, pimps, refugees, or large animals yet.  I'll let you meet them for yourselves.  The main plot revolves around Seth losing the wedding ring after alcohol induced memory loss.  He proceeds to try and retrieve the ring, but the universe seems dead set against him.  Seth also meets a woman at the bar where he's looking for the ring, and she raises eyebrows when she tags along in the hours leading up to the wedding. In the middle of all this, Seth stumbles upon some folks that really need his help.  Seth's future father in law is also working against him with his crooked security guards attempting to get rid of these people. So without getting into too much detail, these are some of the events leading up to an explosive end. 
    I highly recommend this as a good summer read or someone that likes a bumbling idiot kind of adventure.   Other novels and authors comparable to this would be Carl Hiassen, Tim Dorsey's Riptide Ultra-Glide, or Christopher Moore off the top of my head.  This story shows how much one person can endure in a short time period and still be happy. 

— Alex

February 2013 Indie Next List


“Oh, Dave Barry, how I love you! Your scathingly funny, over-the-top novels make me laugh out loud in public, and your depictions of South Florida would strike me as exaggerated, but my brother lives there and I know you speak the truth. This tale of a destination wedding in Miami gone horribly wrong could only have sprung from your pen. If readers can't make it to Florida this winter, they should read Insane City. It will make them happy they stayed home!”
— Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY

Description


A dark comic masterpiece the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author.
Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he d survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on.
Seth has absolutely no idea what he's about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there re still two days to go before the wedding.
As it turns out, it's not smooth sailing, it's more like a trip on the Titanic. And the water below him is getting deeper every minute. By the end, amid gunfire, high-speed chases, and
mayhem of the most unimaginable sort, violent men will fall, heroes will rise, and many lives will change.
Seth's, not least of all.

About the Author


Dave Barry s bestsellers include his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; "I ll Mature When I m Dead"; and "Lunatics," written with Alan Zweibel. He is also the author of the two dark comic suspense novels "Big Trouble" and "Tricky Business." A play based on his first Peter Pan book, "Peter and the Starcatchers," is currently a hit on Broadway. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida."

Praise For…


Praise for INSANE CITY
 
“Picture The Hangover with a splash of Miami Vice, and you get Dave Barry's Insane City. . . This is a quick, fun (and laugh-out-loud funny) read, and the action never slows.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
"[A] very funny new novel . . . [Barry's] sly observations, well-delineated characters, and intricate plotting mesh perfectly."—Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for Dave Barry

“Dave Barry remains one of the funniest writers alive.”—Carl Hiaasen

“While reading Dave Barry’s Big Trouble, I laughed so loud I fell out of a chair. Luckily, there’s a rug, so I didn’t hurt myself.” —Stephen King



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Product Details
ISBN: 9780399158681
ISBN-10: 0399158685
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: English

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