Big Maria – Johnny Shaw

This is the story of three losers who try to become winners by following a trail to a hidden gold mine. This involves batling with medical insurers, scuba diving around an underwater town, trespassing on a military firing zone, encounters with a minefield, mad, bad, and misbehaving soldiers, a rampaging mother on the hunt for her son, and other stuff too weird to mention. It is terrific. It is fresh, full on, frantic, graphic,and chock full of equal doses of sentimental charges and stark reality. It is, in short, a cracking novel that you simply must read.