This zany story takes place in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, Florida.
Two high school boys are playing a game called killer. The rules are to use their water gun and shoot a fellow student with a third student to confirm the 'kill.'
The target of this play 'kill' is Jenny Herk, the step-daughter of a man who is both a gambler and an embezzler. He picks the wrong people to attempt to steal from and a hit is place on him.
With the real and pretend hits at the same time, a hilarious mix-up occurs. There is no harm to anyone but the TV screen gets shot when one of the gunman shoots it just as the Herk's dog buries its head in the man's crouch.
Arthur Herk is embarrassed with his cowardice in front of his family. He goes to a bar that is really a front for buying weapons. He wants a missile he can use in revenge for the high school boy who made him look like a coward.
One thing leads to another and culminates in a wild chase to the Miami airport.
This is one of the funniest stories I've had the pleasure of reading. There are wonderfully developed characters and a setting that is easy to visualize.
As a fan of the South Florida novel genre (think Hiaasen and Dorsey), I couldn't pass on reading Dave Barry's Big Trouble. I can't resist the chance to escape into the world of inept criminals and off-the-wall personalities that seem to make up a significant portion of that population. :) I'm a bit surprised that I somehow let this one get by my radar for so long (originally published over ten years ago), but oh well. Big Trouble … more
A slapstick thriller set in Florida, featuring oddball characters. They include a homeless man who lives in a tree, a student with a squirt gun playing a game called Killer, a couple of real killers, and a terrorist with a nuclear bomb in a suitcase.