"Full of surprises and rewards and an exhilaration one feels only rarely…. I offer a gentle exhortation — please read this book." — Newsday
Tiring of the company of junkies and burn-outs, Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a more wholesome life. But things fester in America’s utter South. And Skelton’s plans to become a skiff guide in the shining blue subtropical waters place him on a collision course with Nichol Dance, who has risen to the crest of the profession by dint of infallible instincts and a reputation for homicide. Out of their deadly rivalry, Thomas McGuane has constructed a novel with the impetus of a thriller and the heartbroken humor that is his distinct contribution to American prose.
"Thomas McGuane makes the page, the paragraph, the sentence itself a record of continuous imaginative activity…. He is an important as well as a brilliant novelist."
— The New York Times Book Review
"McGuane’s sense of place, his harsh and delicate exactness of detail are at their keenest."
"Few writers have explored our national malaise as persistently — or as elegantly — as Thomas McGuane, a writer whose command of the language has helped define our American loneliness." — Philadelphia Inquirer