Alexandra Barnaby's younger brother, "Wild" Bill, has always been a bit of a screwup, so when she gets a middle-of-the-night phone call from him, she is not surprised. What does take Alex aback is that during the call she hears a woman screaming before the line goes dead. Terribly worried, Alex catches the first flight to Miami.

When Alex reaches Miami, she discovers that Bill apparently "borrowed" NASCAR racing star Sam Hooker's boat. Since Sam wants it back and Alex wants to find her brother, they join forces. After hitting all the bars in South Beach, the two quickly learn they are not the only ones searching for Bill—at least two groups of nasty players are hovering around the sidelines.

Discovering that his disappearance has to do with decades-old Cuban gold and a nasty Cold War remnant from Russia just ups the ante in this madcap chase.

Evanovich is back and doing what she does best, serving up hilarious screwball action-adventure comedies. With wild and wacky characters, this romp races from the Florida Keys to Cuba and back again. (Nov., 304 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith