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Bone Island Mambo (Alex Rutledge Series #3)

Bone Island Mambo (Alex Rutledge Series #3)

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by Tom Corcoran
     
 

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Once Key West was a sleepy hideaway for fishermen, drunks and poets. Now it's suffering from an influx of money, motor homes, and real estate sharks smelling fresh blood in the water. Freelance photographer Alex Rutledge knew the island then, and knows it now. And when he's sent to document a lurid murder scene, Rutledge is in for deja-vu: this killing has

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Once Key West was a sleepy hideaway for fishermen, drunks and poets. Now it's suffering from an influx of money, motor homes, and real estate sharks smelling fresh blood in the water. Freelance photographer Alex Rutledge knew the island then, and knows it now. And when he's sent to document a lurid murder scene, Rutledge is in for deja-vu: this killing has been done before...

Someone on Key West has started duplicating notorious unsolved homicides-taunting a disorganized police force and leaving behind a trail of bodies, blood, and fear. While the cops search through the island's colorful social strata to find a motive and perpetrator, they keep coming back to one man: the guy with the camera. Now, Alex can't be a bystander any more. In a place where everyone gets a second chance, from former lovers to ex-cons, he's dancing for his life, while a killer frames the final shot...

Author Biography: Tom Corcoran has been a disc jockey, screenwriter, navy officer, journalist, and magazine editor. His photographs appeared on seven Jimmy Buffett album covers. He co-wrote the Buffett hits "Fins" and "Cuban Crime of Passion." Corcoran lives in the Lower Keys and is working on a fourth Alex Rutledge mystery.

Editorial Reviews

Janet Evanovich
Bone Island Mambo starts fast and never lets up. Key West's crazies are a hoot, and Tom Corcoran's plot and range of characters add to a series that won't quit. Treat yourself to an exotic setting, laughs, and suspense.
Steve Hamilton
Tom Corcoran knows the human heart, sure as hell knows how to write a good book, and knows Key West - a setting so real you'll get a sunburn.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Key West crime scene photographer Alex Rutledge (The Mango Opera; Gumbo Limbo) returns for his third fast-paced adventure. Someone is recreating a number of bizarre murders dressing victims in drag, making off with heads and our hero is tapped as a main suspect. In clearing his name, Rutledge leads a fine tour of the area, from the Green Parrot bar to fishing flats in the mangrove forests. The best aspect of this novel is summed up in the line, "Key West used to be a quaint drinking village with a fishing problem." Corcoran captures this local atmosphere extremely well he clearly knows the turf (his photographs have appeared on several recordings by Key West mainstay Jimmy Buffett). But the style he uses to make this novel exciting invests every action with the same weight, from opening a beer ("I took the bottle, twisted the cap, spun it into the trash") to Rutledge being chased in his Shelby Mustang by gun-wielding assassins. Corcoran often seems almost postmodern, sitting outside his narrative and noting, "Instead for want of an action word they had messed with us." Or, regarding the convoluted and not very believable solution to the mystery: "`You missed your calling,' I said. `All these cable networks are looking for script writers.' " Sure to please fans of the series and folks who enjoy lightweight Florida crime novels. (May 21) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Freelance Key West photographer Alex Rutledge (Gumbo Lindo, 1999, etc.), who keeps his Kawasaki tuned and his beers lined up by filling in for the police department's regular crime-scene photographer when he's unavailable, is called on to document two different corpses who not only share the same death-day, but the same birthday, the same vital statistics, even the same name: Richard Engram. How can that be? It all ties in with Key West's leading criminal enterprise: construction rip-offs, with side excursions to a stolen-car depot, several drug-distribution centers, the backseat of local reporter Marnie Dunwoody's car, her brother Butler's building site, and setups too numerous to mention, which not only make ill-tempered, money-loving Heidi Norquist look bad but make her fancy Jag disappear. Bodies go down quicker than the margaritas at Jimmy Buffett's place. Alex is tailed (natch), pummeled (of course), and loved (this is the sex-drenched tropics, after all) by the queen-sized Teresa Barga. By the time sunset rolls around, Alex has fought his way through zoning irregularities, permit fixing, and smart-mouthing from ex-girlfriends—not to mention as many clues as six-packs. Corcoran's staccato riffs (who needs nouns anyway?), mildly entertaining rejoinders, and Key West setting (which he gets dead-on, the chickens scratching under the tables at Blue Heaven to the traffic upheaval on Caroline Street) make this prime hammock-fodder, and about as logical as your average conch's thought processes.
From the Publisher
"Brilliantly written"—Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Tom Corcoran means business...You won't think of Key West as quite so laid-back again."—Miami Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312242817
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/22/2001
Series:
Alex Rutledge Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.98(d)

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From the Publisher
"Brilliantly written"—Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Tom Corcoran means business...You won't think of Key West as quite so laid-back again."—Miami Herald

Meet the Author

Tom Corcoran has been a bartender, disc jockey, screenwriter, Navy officer and journalist. He co-wrote the Buffett hits "Fins" and "Cuban Crimes of Passion." He is the author of Gumbo Limbo, Bone Island Mambo, and other Alex Rutledge mysteries. He lives in the Lower Keys, Florida.

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