Welcome to Paradise by Laurence ShamesWelcome to Paradise by Laurence Shames

Welcome to Paradise

byLaurence Shames

Mass Market Paperback | July 6, 2000

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Before mild-mannered furniture salesman Al Tuschman left New Jersey for a week in Key West, he hadn't an enemy in the world. But a series of puzzling assaults on his privacy, his sanity, and his life has turned his stay at the tasteful Paradise Hotel into Tropical Hell. Maybe it's the humidity. Maybe the Sambuca. Or maybe it's the nickname emblazoned on his license plate: Big Al.

For Big Al Marracotta, Mafia capo, a Florida getaway means outrunning a career in crime and rancid calamari. For Katy Sansone it's a bid for sunshine and self-respect--until a case of mistaken identity pits the confused woman against a bafflement of Als and more danger than any one of them had reason to pack for. Now, if Tuschman doesn't watch his back, somebody's going to be reporting the death of another salesman. . . .
Laurence Shames is the author of six previous novels: Florida Straits, Scavenger Reef, Sunburn, Tropical Depression, and Virgin Heat, and Mangrove Squeeze. With his wife, Marilyn, he divides his time between Key West and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Title:Welcome to ParadiseFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.98 × 4.15 × 0.5 inPublished:July 6, 2000Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345432185

ISBN - 13:9780345432186

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Editorial Reviews

"WICKEDLY INVENTIVE."--Los Angeles Times"A DARKLY COMIC TALE."--People"THE STORY UNFOLDS AT COMIC WARP SPEED. . . . This is burlesque, as campy and crude as a night at a stag party.But it is also a love story, scored for belly laughs."--New York Daily News "ZANY HUMOR . . . Shames mixes sun and fun, wise guys and dumb guys, smart gals and bad gals with such wit and style it makes you want to head straight to Key West and join the party."--The Orlando Sentinel

Employee Review

Fictional Florida acts as a magnet for a colourful collection of con-men and criminals, as Shames enters the territory of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. A New Jersey furniture salesman enjoying a week in Florida is mistaken for an unpopular Mafia capo, both men being called Big Al. Involved in the mix are a too-smart girlfriend and Bert the Shirt, who died for his Mafia boss, and could then retire in peace. This is a nice wacky story, for a reader who is after entertainment, pure and simple.