Bret's confined to a small isle settled by close-mouthed English immigrants who fear he's a spy or government agent. Bret, totally trussed up in a dinghy, floated up to their isolated dock,... See full summary »
Bret's confined to a small isle settled by close-mouthed English immigrants who fear he's a spy or government agent. Bret, totally trussed up in a dinghy, floated up to their isolated dock, where a fisher-woman frees him. Bret, gambling on a Mississippi river boat, was KOed, then set adrift in the lifeboat. The isle's Mississippi Queen Ladybird is under duress too. What are the Brits hiding and why was Bret castaway? Written by
The entry gets off to a fast start when Bret is washed ashore on a back-bayou island populated by, you guessed it, a bunch of colorful characters, including daddy Buchanan, tom-boy Howell, belligerent Fuller, and strange O'Brien. So why does Daddy's family keep poor Bret locked-up every so often. Seems like they've got a secret, but what is it.
First part is done with the classic Maverick light touch and humor. However, as the plot thickens, the narrative tone becomes more conventional. On the other hand, the climax furnishes a clever bit of information that produces an amusingly satisfying last scene.
Of course, no one was better at shifty old coots than Buchanan who stretched the crusty character into a memorable career. But, I especially like Howell's coy tom-boy with her feline eyes and purring drawl that manages to charm even in a de-glamorized role. All in all, it's a different kind of story with an original, though overly complex, plot that still manages to entertain.
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