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Spider snatch : a novel
Branon, Bill.
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Las Vegas : Huntington Press, [2000]

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291 pages ; 24 cm
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When Evvie North's husband Ted suggests they go to Panama to buy a boat and cruise the Caribbean, she agrees--anything to bury her grief, anything to forget that she had a young daughter who died in a tragic random accident.

Shipwrecked off Panama's coast, Evvie finds herself on an island inhabited by gentle Cuna Indians, but controlled by the henchmen of one of the world's most brutal drug lords--Spider. Degraded and abused, Evvie slowly loses her grip on hope, and her descent into hell becomes complete when she realizes that she's been sacrificed as the ultimate victim.

But when Evvie changes the rules of the game, no one--not her husband, not the DEA, not even Spider--can stop her.

Spider Snatch spins a web of betrayal and intrigue in trademark Branon style. All of the elements that made his first two novels, Let Us Prey and Devils Hole, classics within the action-adventure genre are present here, including the re-emergence of Branon's indelible dark hero, Arthur Arthur.

Author Notes

Like the protagonists in his newest high-voltage thriller, Bill Branon sank his sailboat off the coast of Panama. Ship wrecked on an island inhabited by Cuna Indians. Branon lived many of the adventures portrayed in Spider Snatch , and he uses those real life experiences to spin a chilling story of betrayal, vengeance, and sacrifice.

A Harvard graduate, Branon spent 23 years in the military, including a stint in Naval Intelligence. He's widely known for his two action novels, Devil's Hole , a bestseller for Harper Collins, and Let Us Prey , a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year."

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Booklist Review

Evvie North and her husband, Ted, buy a sailboat to escape from the world after their baby is murdered in a convenience-store robbery and Ted is laid off by the Drug Enforcement Agency. They fly to Panama to pick up their boat, but a freak storm lands them in the middle of a drug baron's hideaway. Was this an accident, or is Ted not quite as unemployed as he claimed? Evvie, who starts the novel as a one-dimensional grieving mother, matures into a dynamic, self-sufficient character. She rallies the local Cuna Indians to rebel against the thugs who have taken over their island and co-opts one of the villains to her side. Equally dynamic is El Chodo, the leader of the bad guys and a strong nominee for this year's Most Evil Villain award. How many other baddies take time to crush a baby chick in their bare hands? This tightly paced, well-written thriller offers further evidence that small presses have become a significant source of quality crime fiction. --George Needham

Publisher's Weekly Review

Branon's (Let Us Prey; Devil's Hole) third novel is a lively, invigorating adventure thriller, loaded with nonstop, nail-biting action. The protagonist is 29-year-old doormat Evvie North, the na‹ve wife of brash and domineering DEA agent Ted. Reeling from the death of her baby daughter in a convenience store shoot-out, Evvie is nearly buried in grief, so when Ted gets fired from his job and suggests they "chuck it all" to cruise around the Panama Canal area, Evvie is happy to leave their San Diego home. What she doesn't know until it's almost too late is that this "vacation" is a covert government operation designed to destroy a drug lord named Spider. On foreign seas, Evvie learns some shady secrets about her husband and about Spider and his band of thugs, as well as some important, life-affirming rituals from an island's small population of peace-loving Cuna Indians. Her conversion from pliant wife to formidable force is not easy, but luckily gallant and wise sailor Arthur Arthur, reprieved from Branon's previous works, is around to help her. Branon graphically details incidents of rape and murder as Evvie battles severe storms, brutal attacks on her buff frame, and an eerie reconnaissance on the perilous island paradise. Amid tortured natives and machete-whacked bodies, the novel revs up to a strong resolution as loyalties shift and revenge is wrought. Branon adds interesting local color in describing the native culture of the Cuna Indians who inhabit one of twin islands off Panama. He contributes enough Cuna lifestyle details (including a poignant infant burial ceremony) and mythology to fill a folklore encyclopedia, perhaps too much for some readers. But they'll stay glued as, driven by revenge and pummeled by adversity and depravity, Evvie ultimately triumphs in Branon's high-octane action tale. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved