Life's A Beach for John Pilate...
On the mend from a near-death experience in the snowy Midwest, John Pilate is taking it easy on the sun-soaked beaches of Key West. Umbrella drink in hand, Pilate is writing a book and getting some much-needed therapy to deal with his imaginary friend Simon. He's also pondering the future with his new love, Kate. Life is looking up for John Pilate...until he is drawn into a world of murder, pirates, conch fritters and smart aleck remarks from invisible men.
He has blood on his hands, a mysterious poker chip in his pocket, shadows over his shoulder and a sexy cop in his bed. John Pilate is in trouble again--and the only way out is to find the key...Pilate's Key.
Pilate's Key is Book Two in the John Pilate Mystery Series. Get Book One: Pilate's Cross wherever books and ebooks are sold.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love Florida and Key West novels. This one is entertaining and fast moving. The story is unlikely, but so are many popular novels. We learn that in Key West, pretty much all the Conchs, the real locals, are running from some unfortunate past. This temporary tourist version is running from maturity. John Pilate, as in Pontius, is a college professor who becomes involved in a fatal college president scandal and gets shot for his efforts. He lands a book deal and heads to Key West to write the story. While there, women throw themselves at him (he's weak) and he witnesses a murder in a bar. The dying man passes him a computer chip with the location of sunken forbidden bounty - we never learn what. The killers go after the chip. The situation resolves with the eventual involvement of the Coast Guard and a retired Key West police detective. Turns out that the dead college president may not be dead at all, which is confounding Pilate's book deal and setting the stage for the next novel. This will be an ongoing series in the tradition of The Fugitive series and should be very successful.
John Pilate always seems to find himself in hot water. In his newest adventure, Pilate's Key, he finds the water warmer than usual as he heads to Key West to write a book and shake off the demons from his recent dramas in Nebraska (read the author's first John Pilate Mysteries -- Pilate's Cross). Pilate is far from a perfect man, but in fact, that is what makes him so endearing. He seems unaware of his good looks and charm, and how women just tend to find themselves at his mercy. In "Key," Pilate attracts a whole string of women -- from the local bartender to a mystery book-reading woman on the beach to one of Key West's finest. Of course, this wreaks havoc with his already complicated relationship with girlfriend Kate back in Nebraska. The mystery/crime focus of the book is well thought-out and easy to follow. It is evident the author did research on the details of Key West, the surrounding area, boating and SCUBA. It's refreshing to read a book and not be slogged down by errors on subject matter. I particularly appreciated some of the smaller details of the plot (which I will not delve into here to spoil anything...) The book has an even better cast of characters than Greenwood's last book, "Pilate's Cross." Besides all the women mentioned above, Pilate befriends a quirky, local character, Taters, who joins up on his exploits. Taters adds humor and a nice balance to Pilate's neurotic charm. Of course, Simon (the voice in Pilate's head) continues to have a starring role in this book. But, he's not the only mysterious voice showing up this time around. Really liked "Pilate's Cross." Thoroughly enjoyed "Pilate's Key." The writing, flow and character development got even better this time around. Kudos to Greenwood for a great second book!