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BANANAVILLE

Lilliefors, James.

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ISBN 10: 0312145489 / ISBN 13: 9780312145484
Published by St. Martin's., NY:, 1996
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Lilliefors. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 9808

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Title: BANANAVILLE

Publisher: St. Martin's., NY:

Publication Date: 1996

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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An intrepid reporter, Martin Grant decides to settle in beautiful Bananaville but soon discovers that behind the beautiful and tropical facade lies a town full of mystery and violence.

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By a newspaperman who has authored a book on running, this first mystery stars a newspaperman who does a lot of exactly that. Martin Grant, facing midlife reevaluation and divorce in frosty Iowa, slides south to Bananaville (Florida?), where a job as reporter on the metro beat and a shot at the ``big story'' of his dreams await him. A morally pure city-councilman named Rudolph Reed has been dead a month; Martin's hefty, hearty editor, Peter ``Elmer'' Fudd, thinks it might have been murder or that, at least, a look-see might sell papers. The subsequent interviews that Martin fits in between runs introduce him to Reed's reclusive wife and dysfunctional children, politicos with business secrets, an estranged cousin with shady local connections, and a neighborhood beauty who sells advertising, plays piano, and cares for twins but still has plenty of time for spiritually satisfying sex with our detective. Not surprisingly, it turns out that there are some nasty secrets hidden beneath Bananaville's placid surface, and that some of the locals wouldn't mind killing to keep them there. Lilliefors's derivative plot is delivered in a tone combining eccentricity with mystical musings (``No longer are we . . . much interested in the language of the spirit'') and offering enough citrus-and-surf imagery to choke a gator. This deliberately peculiar debut is open-ended enough for a sequel or two, but peculiar can strain hard to become the same as interesting. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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