A Cold Night for Alligators

A Cold Night for Alligators

A Novel

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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A thrilling Knopf New Face of Fiction debut, A Cold Night for Alligators takes the reader on a breathtaking ride through the seedy, sensual Florida Everglades, unravelling a mystery at the heart of which lies a devastating family secret.

Twenty-six-year-old Jasper hasn't seen or heard from his older brother, Coleman, in over ten years. Not since Coleman walked through the back gate one morning, leaving behind a distraught family concerned by his increasingly outlandish behaviour. Now Jasper's life has come to an impasse -- he has settled into a rather stultifying existence as a corporate drone, living with a girlfriend he doesn't quite know how to break up with. Until a freak accident and strange phone call change everything. With little more to go on than a random phone call, Jasper follows his brother's trail southward into the Florida Everglades where a family mystery from his childhood may hold the key to Coleman's disappearance. Accompanied by brawny, devout Donny and the extremely eccentric Duane, Jasper embarks on a series of misadventures involving a gorgeous swamp moll, an estranged aunt and alligator poachers as he gets deeper into his search for his brother. All roads seem to lead to Uncle Rolly Lee, a rock-and-rolling swamp rat whose rather rough exterior belies an even rougher interior. Can Jasper uncover the secrets of the past and find his brother before he gets mired in the swamp and the machinations of Rolly Lee?
 
Populated with unforgettable characters and a suspense-filled story at its heart, A Cold Night for Alligators is a first novel about loss, hope and the ties that bind family together.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307399694
Branch Call Number: CROWE
Characteristics: 343 p.

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Winnipeg1
Sep 21, 2014

What a great story! Just the right number of characters, all perfectly drawn. The dialogue is perfect, certainly reads as authentic. Lots of funny, lots of serious. Highly recommended.

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gvlee
Dec 03, 2011

Quirky tale that wanders widely between vulgar and lyrical. I found there was too much description and I ended up skimming through much of it, but the storyline is strong and compelling enough to keep the reader engaged and tense right to the end. THe ending is satisfying and realistic.

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bette108
Aug 28, 2011

It took me a bit to get into this book, and then I pressed on easily. It's funny, sad, troubling. A story of longing and courage, mixed with bitterness.

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marlenecoates
Mar 20, 2011

what a great read!....writing is flawless and good mix of characters from the sublime to the ridiculous...i'll be looking for the next one from Mr Crowe

(oh, and by the way - attention whoever wrote the description - Donny and Duane are not Jasper's brothers.....)

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