"Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season--they're not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose. Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy's got a straight life cut out for him. But he's knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby's booze-addled antics--especially now that Bobby is single, volatile, profane as ever, and bored as hell. When Bobby's teenage daughter goes missing, he and Jimmy take off on a misadventure that starts out as merely unfortunate and escalates to downright calamitous. Bobby won't hesitate to kick a hornets' nest to get the girl to safety, but when the rescue mission goes riotously sideways, the duo's grit--and loyalty to each other--is put to the test."--Publisher's website. - (Baker & Taylor)
When Bobby's estranged teenage daughter goes missing, he is joined by his best friend Jimmy on a wild rescue mission that tests the pair's grit and loyalty. - (Baker & Taylor)
Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season—they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose.
Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy’s got a straight life cut out for him. But he’s knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby’s booze-addled antics—especially now that Bobby is single, volatile as ever, and bored as hell.
When Bobby’s teenage daughter goes missing, he and Jimmy take off on a misadventure that starts out as merely unfortunate and escalates to downright calamitous. Bobby won’t hesitate to kick a hornets’ nest to get the girl to safety, but when the rescue mission goes riotously sideways, the duo’s grit—and loyalty to each other—is put to the test.
- (Brilliance Audio
Jimmy Veeder is back home in the Imperial Valley, between San Diego and Yuma ("as far south and as far east as you could go in California"), tending his farm and enjoying his wife and sort-of adopted son. It's a quiet life, except when Jimmy's oldest friend, Bobby Maves, drags him along on a "Mavescapade," ongoing skirmishes in what Bobby calls "the War on Boredom." This time, though, the Mavescapade takes on a darker hue as Bobby's teenage daughter, whom he barely knows, has disappeared, and Bobby and Jimmy are on the trail. As with Dove Season (2011), the previous Jimmy Veeder "fiasco" (as Shaw subtitles each book in his series), muddle and mayhem reign, but even with the stakes high, the author manages to inject plenty of absurdist high jinks. Darkness dominates, however, in the set-piece finale at an abandoned factory in the desert (Plaster City), where a drug gang stages prize fights between teenage girls. Mixing comedy with the ugly side of human experience is never an easy trick, but Shaw is well on his way to becoming a master at this difficult craft. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Life in the California desert is excruciatingly dull for Jimmy Veeder. His only excitement is the occasional drunken escapade choreographed by his best friend, Bobby Maves. All of their reckless and irresponsible fun comes to a screeching halt when Bobby gets word that his estranged teenage daughter, Julie, has gone missing. Confidently setting out to find her, Jimmy and Bobby quickly realize that there is more to this disappearance than teenage angst and rebellion. With an arsenal of guns, beer, and cigarettes, the two formulate a dubious plan to rescue a young lady who might not want to be found. Anthony Award winner Shaw's (Big Maria) second installment in the award-winning "Jimmy Veeder Fiasco" series (Dove Season) hits the right note. Violent and ribald without being salacious, the novel maintains a tongue-in-cheek attitude that keeps the reader wholly entertained. The setting of California's Imperial Valley is paramount, with its long expanse of nothingness and like the book says, "…when you're walking in the desert, you're walking on a graveyard." VERDICT Readers who enjoy mysteries and suspense novels with plenty of action and humor will delight in this series.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI
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