The Octopus Alibi (Alex Rutledge Series #4)

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The murder of a long-missing woman, the death of a mentor, and the suicide of Key West's mayor are revealed on a warm April day. Alex Rutledge, a freelance photographer with ties to city and county law enforcement, first must help friend Sam Wheeler identify a body in Ft. Lauderdale. Hours later, in Key West, Rutledge documents the mayor's demise. He also is forced to confront the death of Naomi Douglas, who encouraged his creative photography. All this on the day before Alex's departure for a big-dollar photo ...

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The murder of a long-missing woman, the death of a mentor, and the suicide of Key West's mayor are revealed on a warm April day. Alex Rutledge, a freelance photographer with ties to city and county law enforcement, first must help friend Sam Wheeler identify a body in Ft. Lauderdale. Hours later, in Key West, Rutledge documents the mayor's demise. He also is forced to confront the death of Naomi Douglas, who encouraged his creative photography. All this on the day before Alex's departure for a big-dollar photo job on Grand Cayman Island.

Home-front troubles compound his dilemmas. Teresa Barga, his housemate, is absorbed by Whitney Randolph, an old college friend with cash, bent morals, and more alibis than an octopus has suckers. Randolph, he learns, has slithered into the suspense, linking himself to both scam and murder victims. The police see no crimes. Only Alex senses foul play. And when out-of-character friends, duplicitous officials, and violence take him to labyrinths of corruption, he is faced with the most dangerous encounter of his life.

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"Treat yourself to an exotic setting, laughs, and suspense."-Janet Evanovich, author of Hot Six

"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." -Steve Hamilton, author of The Hunting Wind

"Captures the soul of Key West, all its eccentricities and secrets...expertly plotted." -South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Tom Corcoran's Octopus Alibi is a true marvel of a mystery, a deeply engrossing guidebook to the mango opera that is life in Key West."-Jim Harrison, author of Off to the Side, Dalva, and Legends of the Fall

"A nifty little ragtop of a tale."-The News Observer (Titusville, FL)

"Corcoran is a superb writer."-St. Petersburg Times

"Alex Rutledge should be investigating Key West for years."-Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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Fans of screwball Florida crime capers will welcome Tom Corcoran's Octopus Alibi: An Alex Rutledge Novel, the fourth in this well-received series (after 2001's Bone Island Mambo). Rutledge, a forensic photographer on Key West, has three sudden deaths to deal with, including the suicide of the island's mayor. Blurbs from Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton will help steer readers to this deserving author.
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Adrift in a sea of a thousand tiny troubles, Alex Rutledge, Key West's hunkiest freelance photographer, is looking longingly for a safe harbor as his fourth series entry gets underway. Just south of Cuba lies the Grand Cayman, and he thinks of his seven-day shoot there as healing for both a shattered exchequer and a battered psyche. Unfortunately, obstacles keep looming. First, there's the call of friendship. Alex's best buddy, Sam Wheeler, faces a trip to Broward County to identify a dead body that might be his missing sister, and Alex (Bone Island Mambo, 2001, etc.) can't let him go alone. Next, there's a proliferation of corpses, most of which seem connected to each other and, dismayingly, to him-like Naomi Douglas, the sweet-natured older woman beloved by Alex for insisting he was more talented than even he believed. She died in her sleep, they tell him, but he can't help remembering how very robust she'd seemed only days earlier. There are problems with live bodies too, like the opulent chassis of Teresa Barga. With unseemly haste, she appears on the point of vacating the Rutledge bed and board after a mere flash of passion. When Alex, who moonlights as a part-time crime photographer, is tapped to take pictures of a crime scene, he goes reluctantly, knowing that once he gets sucked into sleuthing, he can kiss off the Caymans. The Key West setting is as always a plus, but the kitchen-sink plotting grows hard to follow or care about.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312997175
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2004
  • Series: Alex Rutledge Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Buffet hits "Fins" and "Cuban Crime of Passion." Corcoran lives in the Lower Keys and is working on a fifth Alex Rutledge novel.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    Superb Keys Writer!! In all of Tom Corcorans murder/mystery nov

    Superb Keys Writer!!
    In all of Tom Corcorans murder/mystery novels, if you want an intriguing read set in decadent South Florida, filthy rich in plot and many, memorable characters, Tom’s, Alex Rutledge series set in Key West delivers. If you enjoy an author that has a fabulous ear for great dialogue and a keen focus on detail, Tom delivers. If, you are like me, and you want to walk, live, experience, remember what Key West is about, now, then and the past, Tom connects your heart and soul to the southernmost island at the end of the road on U.S.1.
    -William Williamson, prose poet and novelist, author of Some Came First and Some Came After

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    clever character study nside a well-written amateur sleuth novel

    He lives in Key West and makes his living in advertising and magazine articles. His heart is in photography and he sometimes shoots crime scenes when nobody else is available. He is called in to photograph the area of Mayor Steve Gomez¿s death, which the police are ruling is a suicide. There¿s something about the scene that makes Steve think it wasn¿t a suicide. Hours later, Naomi Douglas is found dead and the medical examiner rules it death by natural causes. Alex finds a strong link between Steve and Naomi, including the fact they both came from the same Indiana hometown. After pleading, cajoling and begging, Alex gets the medical examiner to do an autopsy on Naomi and they discover a massive dose of oxcodone in her bloodstream. Now Alex has to find out what these two people knew that would make somebody want to kill them and then bring that somebody to justice. OCTOPUS ALIBI is a very clever character study as well as a well-written amateur sleuth novel. The protagonist has all the makings of a good police officer because once he catches the scent, he never stops hunting his prey. Tom Corcoran has written an intricately woven mystery that sub-genre fans will take delight in as they go crazy trying to figure out who the perpetrator is. Harriet Klausner

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