Mangrove Squeezeby Laurence Shames, Richard Ferrone (Read by)
Suki Sperakis - like most denizens of Key West - came to town with one thing in mind and ended up doing something completely different. Now she's tired of selling ad space for a second-rate newspaper and fending off Lazlo Kalyanin, the Russian immigrant playboy who fancies her. Aaron Katz migrated south to run a simple bed-and-breakfast, to make an easy life for himself and his father, but the realities of broken pipes and hollow walls -- not to mention a wistful kiss on the cheek from Suki -- make him wonder if life back in New York wasn't simpler after all. Then Suki misses a date and disappears, Lazlo turns up with his throat cut, and Aaron takes off into the mangroves to find the truth and possibly just a little bit of love.
"Funny, elegantly written, and hip." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
Meet the Author
Laurence Shames is the author of five previous novels: Florida Straits, Scavenger Reef, Sunburn, Tropical Depression, and Virgin Heat. With his wife, Marilyn, he divides his time between Key West and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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To read the reviews by the 'pros' here one would think that Shames had fallen into a trap that 'series' authors encounter often - they grow too fond of their principal characters. The only recurring character here, the likable 'Bert the Shirt', plays a supporting role and is shown to be all too human. Here Shames abandons some of the more humurous aspects of prior novels to concentrate on character development and scene-setting. The plot moves briskly and seamlessly. The Russian 'mobsters' are less menacing than their Mafia counterparts in prior novels but there are still plenty of moments of suspense. If you have read the entire series, this may well turn out to be one of your favorites. A little less like Hiaasen, a little more like James W. Hall, than his prior Key West tomes, but this is not a negative, just a change. The wit is still there, and this book is a good read.