The Mango Opera - Alex Rutledge, Bk 1 Author:Tom Corcoran Although he prefers magazine work, freelance photographer Alex Rutledge won't turn down an occasional crime scene shoot for the City of Key West Police Department. But when a string of murders takes his viewfinder into strangely familiar territory, Alex's mellow island lifestyle shatters. One after another, someone is killing women who have inti... more »mately crossed Alex Rutledge's path. Maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe it's a conspiracy. Or maybe he's crazy. But the connection marks Alex as the prime suspect in a case so hot it's drawn in the county sheriff, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. In a desperate race to save his name and his life, Alex dives into a one-man search for the dark, sweltering truth beneath a case that's pounding toward meltdown.« less
This book sets up the series of Key West based crime photographer. Corcoran gives great detail about Key West in the 80s and 90s. Since I lived in the Key's in the 80s and visited often after I left, it offers a nostalgic trip back. The characters are interesting but the crimes are rather pedestrian. If the Key's scene interests you or you have a past in the Key's you will like this book. If not, there are better writers out there.