Pura Vida

Pura Vida

by Jim Utsler

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Detroit homicide detective Jacob Miller has been accused of many things, but being smart isn’t one of them. The murder of drug-dealer Willy is proof enough of that, but not covering it up is even worse. So why would he think that stealing a fellow inmate’s hidden fortune is any smarter, especially when an ex-mafia family head is after the same thing?

But even the stupidest people have occasional flashes of brilliance, and Jacob is no exception. After being released from prison and moving to sunny Costa Rica, he solves an international murder mystery involving the usual suspects: love, lust and loot. Despite that mildly brainiac feather in his cap, he still has to deal with the beef between him, his fellow inmate and the mob boss…and the violent fallout that ensues.

Pura Vida is a globetrotting story of murder, mystery, suspense and revenge—and a great way to get your mind off a five-hour airport delay.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015005080
Publisher: Jim Utsler
Publication date: 07/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 695 KB

About the Author

Jim Utsler is both a freelance and contract writer and has won multiple awards for individual articles, regular columns and as the editor of Visit Detroit, a popular regional travel magazine. He’s also contributed to publications as diverse as PGA Magazine, Automotive World and IBM Systems Magazine, in addition to working with clients such as General Motors, the University of Michigan and www.adamnfineartist.com. He has a creative writing degree from the University of Michigan’s Residential College and a graduate degree in written communications, with a focus on fiction, from Eastern Michigan University.

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Pura Vida 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, it has it all. Suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance too!!! Read this book at the recommendation of a friend and really glad I did. Loved the fact that the book is set in Michigan and Costa Rica, both places where I have been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pura Vida is a mystery novel everyone must read. The characters are all flawed in some way and that helps to make them more relatable. The main character starts out as a real sleaze but redeems himself towards the end. The story is very fluid and flows well. Read it and see what I mean!