New Florida Novel by Rich McKee Swims with Sharks, Eco-Warriors, a Murderous Poacher, Calusa History, Huge Swamp Monsters, Love, and a Category 5 Hurricane

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Two fated, resourceful lovers confront and confound the system of checks and imbalances that threatens Florida today.

The Trickster, Rich McKee’s second novel in an irreverently humorous trilogy, also examines the uses of infrasound by supposedly lower animals, higher education's demise, Everglades issues, Seminole lore, an alien visitation, that elusive skunk ape, and truly good cops.

This monsterful Florida tale evolves around Dr. Sean McDuff, a recently resigned college teacher; and Jane Green, an Air Force veteran of its drone program who is a very tall Seminole, and also one of McDuff's former students years ago. Happy lovers now, and former saboteurs, Sean's and Jane's life on the rim of the Glades is riddled by unusual animals such as a tree-climbing alligator named Wally, a homicidal cracker poacher, one very edgy sci-fi author from Belarus, Lila Flagler--the Pied Piperess of Sharkdom, ancient Calusa artifacts, and a very large and anonymous swamp creature. A quick-hitting, oddly gothic story full of dark comedy and dashes of magic realism, The Trickster also prompts hard questions of wonder: Who is the title character, really? What’s that anaconda doing there? Is the college education system really that bad? Who murdered Jane’s grandmother? What happened to the flying saucer? When is a killer hurricane a good thing? Has Mother Nature had enough? Is love really the key? Who (or what) put those live fish in Sean’s wash tub by the dock? Is this another one of those literary novels? Will there be a quiz?

New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey says, “McKee’s Trickster is definitely not from concentrate. It captures every drop of the punishing yet beautiful peninsula that is Florida, and it rolls off the page with a lyrical rhythm that could only come from someone with a knowledge of the state’s wild essence in his marrow.”

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