Date, S. V.

ISBN 10: 0399146490 / ISBN 13: 9780399146497
Published by New York: Putnam, (2000.) dj, 2000
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. His third novel - "From the darkly comic mind of a veteran Florida journalist comes a riotous look at politics, big money and human unpredictibility." SIGNED on the title page. 226 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 61052

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Publisher: New York: Putnam, (2000.) dj

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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With an anti-smoking bill pending in the Florida legislature, corrupt politicians, businessmen, lobyists, and honest citizens converge in a tense standoff. By the author of Speed Week. 10,000 first printing.


Florida politics are always good for a laugh, as plenty of caper writers from Carl Hiaasen to Laurence Shames can attest. S.V. Date aspires to that pantheon, but if Smokeout is his best effort, he has a way to go before he's included in that number. If this is satire, it doesn't go far or farcical enough, although it manages more than the requisite amount of snickering at small-time politicos and influence peddlers who owe their souls, such as they are, to powerful corporate interests.

In this case, the interest that's handing out the bribes and other largesse is Big Tobacco, in the person of one of the scuzziest CEOs in recent history--a fellow who will stop at nothing, including murder, to arrange the veto of a piece of legislation that could cost his industry gazillions. The lobbyists he's paid off to get the bill killed are equally awful, including one who plants a minicam in the ladies' john just for kicks. There are two white hats in this somewhat jumbled tale--a young woman lobbyist who abandons her ideals for a paycheck but sees the light just in time, and a woman legislator who turns out to be the book's most sympathetic character. The level of sexual innuendo to which every woman in the book is subjected makes one wonder if Date really hates the fair sex or has simply never heard of sexual harassment laws. --Jane Adams

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