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Treasure Coast A Darkly Humorous Caper Novel That Offers Strong Entertainment, Publishers Weekly A Compulsive Gambler Goes To His Sister S Funeral On Florida S Treasure Coast And Gets Saddled With Her Loser Son, Who Is Deep In Debt To A Vicious Loan Shark Who Sends A Pair Of Sociopathic Thugs To Collect On The Loan But Things Go Horribly Awryand Soon The Gambler Finds Himself In The Center Of An Outrageous Kidnapping Plot Involving A Conman Selling Mail Order Tombstones, A Psychic Who Channels The Dead, Including The Wife Of A Wealthy Businessman As If That Wasn T Bad Enough, A Killer Hurricane Is Looming It S Get Shorty Meets No Country For Old Men On A Sunny Florida Coast Teeming With Conmen And Killers, The Vapid And The Vain, And Where Violent Death Is Just A Heartbeat Away PRAISE FOR TOM KAKONIS Simply Tremendous Tom Kakonis Writing Is On A Level With El Leonard, Chicago Tribune Kakonis Is A Sharp New Gambler In The Literary Crap Game He Just Takes The Pot The New York Times Aptly Compared To El Leonard, Kakonis Builds Exquisite Tensionsteamy With A High Rent, Low Life Atmosphereand An Unforgettable Cast Publishers Weekly A Cold Deck Nightmare Of High Stakes Peril, Daniel Woodrell, Author Of Winter S Bone A Sure Narrative Voice, A Richly Shaded Hero And Heroine, Nightmare Vivid Villains, And A Plot Paved With Switchbacks And Big Curves Add Up To Classy, If Brutal, Crime Entertainment This One Cooks, Kirkus Reviews Tom Kakonis Is A Master Of The Low Life Novel Nobody Does It Better Ross Thomas


10 thoughts on “Treasure Coast

  1. says:

    In the late 1980s and early 90s, Tom Kakonis established himself as a writer who created very good plots but who was especially gifted at populating each of his books with a cast of eccentric, interesting characters and then setting them into motion with sometimes truly inspired results Now twenty years later, he returns with Treasure Coast, a book which clearly demonstrates that he hasn t lost a step in his time away.The book is set on Florida s Treasure Coast, basically the Palm Beach area along the Atlantic It opens as Jim Merriman, a compulsive gambler whose luck has turned so bad that he s now barely eking out a living as a bookstore clerk, travels cross country to visit his sister who is near death Jim and his sister have not been particularly close for years, but as she expires she makes him promise to watch after her son, Leon.Leon is twenty one but appears to be much younger His mother has left him 25,000, and so Merriman figures that the kid should be in pretty good shape, at least until Leon reluctantly confesses that he owes 45,000 to a loan shark The debt is long overdue and even as Leon outlines his problem, two particularly nasty enforcers are on their way to collect It was Uncle Jim who taught the kid how to gamble in the first place and that, along with the promise he made to Leon s mom, persuades Jim that he can t abandon his nephew in this time of crisis.On the brighter side, while sneaking a cigarette outside the m...


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    Well, this turned out to be way awesome than I had any reason to expect it to be Never heard of the author, not even huge on tales of low life bumbling criminals per se, but Kakonis spun such a fun yarn here with a genuinely original wild cast of characters and plenty of humor There is a great charm to the author s style, his writing has a cadence and a vernacu...


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    Tom Kakonis wrote some good thrillers back in the nineties and then dropped out of sight now he s back with another entertaining look at the way dysfunctional low lifes live and conduct business A reformed gambler is called to his dying sister s bedside in Florida she asks him to look out for her hapless goof of a son The son is deep in debt to a bookie, who has just dispatched two arm breakers to collect the debt Meanwhile a phony preacher and his female assistant have dreamed up a new way to get gullible people to throw money at them, and a gazillionaire s trophy wife who has caught the gambler s eye is one of their first targets All of the above collide as a hurricane approaches the title coast One blurb compares Kakonis to El Leonard, but the resemblance is only in that they both write about dead enders and the people who prey on them Kakonis s style is very different Where Leonard s is laconic and subdued, ...


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    After a ten year vacation from publishing 1994 to 2013 , Tom Kakonis returns with Treasure Coast 2014 His books are character filled mysteries with a no nonsense cadence, complex plots, great dialogue, and lots of wry wit.In Treasure Coast we meet Jim Merriman as he visits his dying sister in the hospital He s in the waiting room when a striking fortyish woman name Billie Swett arrives to have a spirit centering session with another dying woman Billie flits her eyelids and offers charismatic smiles as she and Jim discuss death and centeredness, then she departs for her appointment Just before she dies, Merriman s sister extracts from him a promise that he will take care of her 20ish son, Leon Merriman is a man who breaks promises as casually as he makes them, but this deathbed promise haunts him How far must he go in taking care of Leon How long is the term of the contract His concern skyrockets when he discovers that Leon has amassed 45,000 in debt to a Miami gambler named Berkowitz who dearly wants the kid to pay. Hector and Junior, Berkowitz s receivables specialists, are closing in on Leon and Jim Hector is the straight man while Junior does the heavy work and talks a blue streak in a magnificent street jargon that obfuscates than it communicates Junior is definitely not PC and he might be the crudest character I ve met in a crime thriller his disregard for women is appalling to see But Junior is funny.The scene shifts to the ...


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    Warning There is crude language used in this book So if you are easily offended, don t pick up this book or you have been warned Which the language did not bother me so much It was I guess the author s writing style I could not really get used to it Although I did sense a bit of Black comedy humor Which I have read a couple books like this and they do take a bit of getting used to This style really is kind of a love or hate and no real in between Ok so to back petal a little I don t mind the black humor but I would have appreciated it if I really could have found my groove and gotten into the story and the characters There are many characters all with different personalities I just was not feeling them Courtesy of WikiA black comedy or dark comedy is a comic work that employs black humour, which, in its ...


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    Brash Books, founded by Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, publishes both new and old books that interest them Mostly crime, but other genres as well.TREASURE COAST was my first book by Tom Kakonis and I must say I was impressed A lot goes on between the covers Former gambler, Jim Merriman, retired because of a run of bad luck, comes to Florida s Treasure Coast because his sister is dying from cancer, She extracts a promise from her brother to look after her son, a twenty one year old screw up named Leo Cody Things are much worse than Merriman knew when he learns the boy has large gambling debts and a pair of thuggish collectors are looking for him It doesn t take them long to get involved in a bizarre kidnapping plot with the two collectors, a phony conman preacher and his partner who converses with the ...


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    In addition to comparisons of Tom Kakonis s writing to El Leonard and perhaps Carl Hiaason, I would also add Donald Westlake in his humorous mode to that list My favorite characters were the bogus preacher and his partner in crime, Waneta I loved the flowery prose the preacher spouted while carrying out his cons and scams Although I enjoyed the first half of this book quite a bit, and especially some of the characters, I did not think the second half worked as well in keeping with the humorous flow, and I found it lagged a bit The language spouted out by one of the hardened criminals was offensive, although I ...


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    Noir storytelling does not have to be set in the dead of night to be dark It can occur in sunny locales like the South Florida of Tom Kakonis s tale of a cardsharp, the grifters and toughs he meets and the woman he may love Maybe it s just me but there s one thing that noir must be brief For this type of storytelling to cast the proper spell, go easy on the prose Say a lot with a little While Kakonis writes well, he takes too long to get to the point way too often Since he seems to take El Leonard as a model for his tale, he should have taken to heart Dutc...


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    Synopsis blurb.Treasure Coast is the wild new thriller from Tom Kakonis, the acclaimed author of Criss Cross and Michigan Roll.A compulsive gambler goes to his sister s funeral on Florida s Treasure Coast and gets saddled with her loser son, who is deep in debt to a vicious loan shark who sends a pair of sociopathic thugs to collect on the loan But things go horribly awryand soon the gambler finds himself in the center of an outrageous kidnapping plot involving a conman selling mail order tombstones, a psychic who channels the dead and the erotically super charged wife of a wealthy businessman As if that wasn t bad enough, a killer hurricane is loomingIt s Get Shorty meets No Country for Old Men on a sunny Florida coast teeming with conmen and killers, the vapid and the vain, and where violent death is just a heartbeat away Kakonis is a sharp new gambler in the literary crap game he just takes the pot The New York Times Aptly compared to El Leonard, Kakonis builds exquisite tensionsteamy with a high rent, low life atmosphereand an unforgettable cast Publishers Weekly Tom Kakonis i...


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    Really don t like writing these kind of reviews So let s get this out of the way straight off this was not a book written for me Which doesn t mean I couldn t appreciate it s strengths and it certainly could ve won me over others I didn t think were for me have , but it really didn t I certainly disliked it less by the end then I did at the beginning.This is a book that s very much a tale of two halves In the first half we get introduced to several characters, all of whom with one possible exception are very unsympathetic, and there s really only one of which I had any hope of becoming a tolerable character by the end of the book It was a slog to get through, and I really had to force myself It was a large number of ugly people doing ugly things to other ugly people But aside from one excessive beating, the ugly things were pretty small and all just to establish character and lack thereof It s just about 150 pages of setup.The second half contained most of these characters, though three of them vanished for all intents and purposes but it moved faster there was a point to the action, for that matter, there was action Where the first half could be seen as potential energy, the second half was all kinetic Sometimes that kind of book can work well but you run a risk in putting all your eggs in the second half It s too easy to just walk away unless that hook is set well at the beginning A...


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