A Cold Night for Alligators by Nick Crowe

A Cold Night for Alligators

byNick Crowe

Kobo ebook | February 8, 2011

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A thrilling Knopf New Face of Fiction debut, A Cold Night for Alligators takes the reader on a breathtaking ride through the seedy, sensual Florida Everglades, unravelling a mystery at the heart of which lies a devastating family secret.

Twenty-six-year-old Jasper hasn't seen or heard from his older brother, Coleman, in over ten years. Not since Coleman walked through the back gate one morning, leaving behind a distraught family concerned by his increasingly outlandish behaviour. Now Jasper's life has come to an impasse — he has settled into a rather stultifying existence as a corporate drone, living with a girlfriend he doesn't quite know how to break up with. Until a freak accident and strange phone call change everything. With little more to go on than a random phone call, Jasper follows his brother's trail southward into the Florida Everglades where a family mystery from his childhood may hold the key to Coleman's disappearance. Accompanied by brawny, devout Donny and the extremely eccentric Duane, Jasper embarks on a series of misadventures involving a gorgeous swamp moll, an estranged aunt and alligator poachers as he gets deeper into his search for his brother. All roads seem to lead to Uncle Rolly Lee, a rock-and-rolling swamp rat whose rather rough exterior belies an even rougher interior. Can Jasper uncover the secrets of the past and find his brother before he gets mired in the swamp and the machinations of Rolly Lee?
Populated with unforgettable characters and a suspense-filled story at its heart, A Cold Night for Alligators is a first novel about loss, hope and the ties that bind family together.

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Title:A Cold Night for AlligatorsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 8, 2011Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307399710

ISBN - 13:9780307399717

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written and engaging but a bit all over the place. I'm Canadian, live near Toronto and used to take family vacations near Ft. Meyers Florida, so I could identify with many of the locations in the book. There is a bit of a twist at the end, that is a little over done. The story is well paced though and in spite of a few slow spots it moves along quite well. Not an amazing book, but a solid one especially considering this is the author's first novel. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2014-01-24