Florida Straits

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Joey Goldman's flying south for the winter. The  second-string New York wiseguy just packed up his  faithful girlfriend Sandra and took off for Key  West -- land of sun, surf and sleaze -- where a  small-time hustler in search of a racket can score the  big one. If he can find it. Enter Joey's half  brother Gino. On the lam from the mob after one of  the most royally screwed-up jewel heists in Florida  history, Gino's a man in need of...
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Joey Goldman's flying south for the winter. The  second-string New York wiseguy just packed up his  faithful girlfriend Sandra and took off for Key  West -- land of sun, surf and sleaze -- where a  small-time hustler in search of a racket can score the  big one. If he can find it. Enter Joey's half  brother Gino. On the lam from the mob after one of  the most royally screwed-up jewel heists in Florida  history, Gino's a man in need of a fall guy.  Which is where Joey comes in . .  .

Suddenly, everyone's after Joey -- including the  ruthless Miami don who wants his three million worth  of uncut emeralds and who just dispatched his goons  to deliver Joey a one-way ticket -- out. Now  Joey's where he always wanted to be -- in the big time.  All he has to do is find out where the stones are  stashed. And for an unikely hero out to make a  killing, this could be Paradise . . . if he lives  long enough.

New York wiseguy Joey Goldman has just landed in Key West, where a small-time hustler in search of a racket can score the big one. For an unlikely hero out to make a killing, this could be paradise--or real trouble, because Joey's half-brother Gino, on the run from the mob, is looking for a fall guy. Soon to be a major motion picture.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A comedy of Mafia manners as brash and shiny as a sharkskin suit struts its way across these pages. Young mafioso Joey Goldman, the illegitimate son of a New York don, gets fed up with his lot as a goombata gofer and takes his bank-teller girfriend Sandra to Key West, where he's ``gonna, like, take over.'' Sandra lands a new job right away, but Joey is stymied by his first foray out of New York mob territory. Rebuffed by the seamiest of local racketeers, Joey is counseled by retired gunsel Bert ``the Shirt'' to go native; he falls in love with laid-back Key West, where ``the air is the temperature of lips,'' and takes a job pitching time-shares. All is well until big brother Gino drops in from New York--up to his size-17 neck in trouble with the Miami mob over uncut emeralds and misplaced drugs. Joey's former troubles are back in his face as Gino sets him up; death looms before Joey finally outscams the pros to become a self-made man. The plot line flows like a strong ocean current, and Shames's ( The Big Time ) quirky Key West denizens clash wonderfully with the insulated and seamy lives of the mobsters. Film rights to Lee Rich Productions. (June)
Library Journal
The author of The Hunger for More: Searching for Values in an Age of Greed Times Bks., 1989 proves that fiction is not his forte in this tale of Joey Goldman, the neglected illegitimate son of a New York Mafia don and a Jewish manicurist who drives to Key West with plans to establish his own criminal fiefdom. Joey substantiates his reputation as a loser by assaying a number of rackets that Cubans, Colombians, and another Mafia family have already cornered. With funds running low, he takes a ``legal'' job as a barker-shill for a condominium development, but his past soon intrudes in the form of his half-brother, Gino Delgato, who engineered a bungled heist of emeralds from the rival Ponte family. Again involved in the brutal give-and-take of gang hegemony, Joey must take steps to save his brother's life as well as his own. The abundance of four-letter words is no substitute for purposeful dialog, and protagonist Joey is so sordidly pathetic, conventional, and slow-witted, that, by comparison, Paddy Chayefsky's Marty is a hero of Homeric proportions.--Edward Cline, Palo Alto, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736640794
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/9/1997
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged Audio, 6 Cassettes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Very Interesting and Entertaining

    I received this book as a Christmas Gift from a friend that loves Laurence Shames books that I went to Key West with last year. The book was very interesting and kept my attention the whole time and Shames adds a little bit of humor to the book which makes for more enjoyable reading. I am ordering his other books because I enjoyed Florida Straits so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Great Read!

    This was recommended by someone in one of my bookclubs and I was not disappointed. She recommended this after going to Key West. Being from South Philadelphia, I could identify with the wise-guy lingo. But even if you are not familiar with the Sopranos like talk, you will love this. This was one of those time that I did not know the ending. It is an easy read but still keeps you turning the pages. It's got mystery, comedy, and a little romance-but more in the way of emotions. The development of the characters of Joey, Bert the Shirt with Don Giovanni, Gino and all the supporting characters of the compound are well thought out and add to the enjoyment. I would definitely recommend this book.

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