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And does Amsterdam-who learned detective work from reading books, just like Don Quixote learned ...
And does Amsterdam-who learned detective work from reading books, just like Don Quixote learned chivalry-have a snowball's chance in hell of solving this thing before it kills him?
Posted December 9, 2008
As a licensed private detective, he can carry a gun, but has no plans to use his ¿profession¿ except as a tax dodge. When Pete Amsterdam came into some money, he retired to a small Key West cabin. He plays a lot of tennis and rides a bicycle. When he wanted to install a wine cellar in his home, his accountant suggested Pete advertise as a shamus so he can claim a deduction for an ¿office¿. <P>While Pete relaxes in his hot tub in the buff, a woman approaches him to beg him to help her. Pete refuses, but the woman strips to reveal she is a male, Kenny Lukens, who allegedly killed himself some years ago. Apparently, Kenny stole two satchels containing money belonging to his boss, but one of the bags held something else. Kenny vanished when his boss threatened to kill him. With his boss dying, Kenny wants to regain the satchels, but Pete still says no. Kenny dies in an attempt to secure the two bags. Kenny¿s friend Maggie visits Pete next. Although he tries to stay out of sleuthing, Pete ends up in the middle of alligators. <P>Imagine Woody Allen starring as Jim Rockford and you will understand the satirical essence of the NAKED DETECTIVE. The anti-hero is a delightful odd duck. He behaves valiantly even as his gut pleads with him to remain mellower than Major Bummer by staying out of the mess. Additionally, Laurence Shames paints an inviting picture of Key West. Readers who enjoy a reluctant sleuth tale will receive much pleasure from this tale and want more stories starring Pistol Pete. <P>Harriet Klausner
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Posted May 8, 2013
The Key West series is terrific. The plot seems to be the same for all of them, but they are well-written and entertaining. Plus they are all complete books - no ripoff.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2011
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