Whiplash River

Former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon is living the good life in Belize. But when he runs afoul of local drug lord Baby Jesus, Lou Berney's comic novel takes a turn for the absurd. Now Shake is fleeing for his life, and the only person who can save him is an ex-girlfriend who bears him even more ill will than the assasins on his tail.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…