Book Reviews of Florida Straits (Key West, Bk 1)

Florida Straits (Key West, Bk 1)
Florida Straits - Key West, Bk 1
Author: Laurence Shames
ISBN-13: 9780440215110
ISBN-10: 0440215110
Publication Date: 6/1/1993
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Florida Straits (Key West, Bk 1) on + 52 more book reviews
An entertaining book about a low-rung mafia player trying to start over in Key West.
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A New York wiseguy decides he's in the wrong business and moves to Fl. to reinvent himself. His N.Y. family keep him in trouble.
This book is humorous though the language may be too harsh for some.
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A good Florida Mystery with a Chihuahua! Funny and interesting plot, certainly worth a bit of time in a comfortable chair with a nice cup of tea.
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"Mr. Shames turns out characters flashier than a Key West sunset and dialogue tastier than a conch stew." __THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Funny book
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Top notch mystery/action thriller. In the same vein as Carl Hiasson, and set in Key West (Hiasson's are set in Florida)this is both romantic and funny. Shames has the rare ability to offer a protagonist who is ostensibly a loser, and make you love him, and root for him to become a winner. Good stuff.
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I decided to read Laurence Shames after discovering that he is the ghost writer of the LOST tie-in novel Bad Twin, and boy am I glad I did! I enjoyed this book so much I immediately wanted to re-read it, unusual for me as I literally have hundreds of unread books to plow through.

Laurence Shames writes such vivid characters, so believable even if unlikeable, so real I can hear their voices as if they were in the next room. As for the dialog, it's spot on.

Joey Goldman,the illegitimate son of a New York mafioso, decides to escape the shadow of his older brother Gino and moves to Key West with his girlfriend Sandra. His attempts at entering the Key West crime market are hilarious.
It's only after the laid back Key West lifestyle enters his soul that he really figures out who he is and what he wants out of life.

He befriends an ex-mafioso in retirement called Bert the Shirt who is one of my favorite characters of all time. Bert and his shaking Chihuahua Don Giovanni; phenomenally fleshed out characters..