Island tempest

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, Oct 7, 2004 - Fiction - 291 pages
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Frank Pitchard has recently been leading a quiet, rather depressed existence-even though he lives on Eden, an exclusive resort island community off the coast of Florida. Forced into retirement after his company was taken over and "reorganized," he spends his days sitting outside, reading The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, thinking about his loving deceased wife, and dreaming up ways to get back at the corporate raiders. One bright spot is the lithe and beautiful Ariel, his wife's nurse, who's been hanging around since her death. Another is Randi, an Eden trophy wife currently between husbands. She gives Frank a set of binoculars and introduces him to bird-watching. However, Frank uses the binoculars to spy on Cal Barlow, his crippled next-door neighbor, and one day sees him sitting in his wheelchair, cradling a blue-steel pistol. The two men strike up a friendship soon afterward, when Cal happens upon Frank pushing a golf cart into the lake. An odd partnership develops. What Frank doesn't know is that Cal is an ex-mobster in witness protection-and that he's sleeping with Randi right under Frank's nose. And Cal doesn't seem to realize that there's an assassin on his tail and that the Feds aren't far behind. In this wicked and sharply drawn tale of the shady places between good and evil, Michael Mewshaw once again proves himself to be a storyteller of boundless talent.

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In the exclusive Florida community of Eden Isle live alligators, wealthy retirees of various levels of tumescence and senility, and possibly a lone panther. While nursing his terminally ill wife a ... Read full review


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Michael Mewshaw is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including "Year of the Gun," and six other books of nonfiction, including the recent memoir "Do I Owe You Something?: A Memoir of the Literary Life," He has won awards for his investigative journalism, tennis reporting, and travel writing. He has written for "The New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New Statesman," and "Granta," Mewshaw and his wife divide their time between Key West and Europe.

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