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Publisher's Summary

Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse.
Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake's up to his neck in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him.
©2012 Lou Berney (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 07-23-12

great story featuring the unflappable Shake

Jeff Gurney is a great narrator and does a great job on this book. Unfortunately Edoardo Balerino's reading of the first Shake Bouchant mystery, Gutshot Straight, captured the main character so perfectly any substitute would look like Roger Moore to Sean Connery.

Nevertheless Whiplash River is good mystery featuring truly entertaining characters so well developed I felt like they were old friends. It is funny and plays like a great Elmore Leonard movie.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 01-14-17

Average, But 'Average' Ain't Bad

Look, the competition out there for successful mystery/adventure fiction is intense, right? I want a book that will entertain me at the gym, during a commute, and at chore time. Some of those books are terrible. Some are great. But most are average. That is they don't disappoint, deliver a good time, and entirely disappear from your memory quicker than a political speech.

Lou Berney's, "Whiplash River" is one of those. I'll probably buy more of his books especially if they're read by Jeff Gurner. There are worse ways to spend an hour grooming the lawn.

It's average, but average is a good thing on these competitive shelves.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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