When someone delivers an alligator to Judge Bob Gibbs' porch, there's no shortage of suspects - hard-sentencing, womanising redneck 'Maximum Bob' is pretty much the most unpopular man in Florida.
Throw into the mix the Crowe clan - about as primitive and aggressive as any alligator - a doped-up doctor on early release with a tag, quick-witted probation officer Kathy Baker, a mermaid and a long-dead slave girl called Wanda, and things get a tad complicated. And inevitably, they don't work out the way you might expect.
About the Author
Elmore Leonard has an unparalleled reputation in the world of crime fiction Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger 2006. Elmore Leonard's new hardback, Up in Honey's Room will be published by W&N in September 2007. Many of his novels have been made into movie blockbusters Great Phoenix series style.