"An engrossing story of deliverance told like a parable about second chances . . . a fast piece of pop-lit that fans of Tom Robbins will enjoy." -People magazine
A surprisingly literate romp about the quintessentially weird heart of Florida where sunburn is the only thing you can be sure of. Set in Whale Harbor, a town that has no whales, it is the story of Leon Pettit, an RV Salesman who once loved a one-ton alligator, but has a lot has a lot of trouble with non lizard-like women.
One Christmas Eve, Leon is visited by a man who thinks he's Jesus and claims to be looking for a game of poker. But, as usual, things are not quite what they seem.
Purely delightful––rich, clever, and crawling with affectionately twisted characters. Kelby is a natural-born storyteller who manages to be very funny and very wise at the same time.” –Carl Hiaasen
". . . this is mighty good fun." –Publishers Weekly
"Required Reading...a trip to and beyond Hiaasen country." -New York Post
“ a journey deep into the whacked-out fantasyland of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry..."-New York Times Sunday Book Review
“Black humor that sizzles. A cartoon Crime and Punishment in ‘Margaritaville’. . . And there's enough mad plot to hook most anyone.”- Kirkus Reviews
"Kelby manages to make the Florida shtick seem fresh and overlays it with a patina of spiritual yearning in a cross between the work of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore."- Bob Lunn, Library Journal
"A terrific addition to the genus of comic swamp opera."- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"...a riotous, laugh-out-loud tour de force."- South Florida Sun Sentinel
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