The hypnotic and gritty ninth Mitch Roberts Crime Novel.
"Roberts lay in the dark, his mind running clocklike in nearly perfect and meaningless circles. On the floor beside his single bed was a leather suitcase bound by three leather straps, secured with a beautiful brass lock. He had packed the night before, five pairs of jeans, some hiking and fishing shorts, a pair of moccasins, one suit and a single dress shirt, assorted socks and underwear, two ties, now slightly soiled, his shaving kit and utilities, several paper novels, including most of Beckett in Pan editions, a Glock 9mm pistol stripped into six sections, each section well oiled and wrapped in heavy newspaper, each wrapped part then twined inside black plastic. He had broken down his rod and reel and had stored them in an olive-green carrying case, all of it ready for the long flight to Miami."
After a long stay abroad and a love affair that fell apart, Mitch Roberts is headed home. Back to his ranch, his horses and maybe, to being a private eye again. But if Roberts is looking forward to an uneventful life, he has farther to go than a return to southern Colorado. His problems start when a beautiful flight attendant suggests he meet her for a drink at her favorite bar in a stopover in Miami. The bar�s parking lot, however, comes equipped with two thugs who knock Mitch out, take his passport, credit cards, and every cent in his pocket, and drive off in his rental car.
Desperate, Mitch calls the only person he knows in Miami, a former college acquaintance named Bobby Hilliard, a rather sleazy character who has made a lot of money in questionable ways, and is now an art dealer. When Mitch finds the seductive flight attendant at the man�s mansion, he is quick to realize he has been set up. But an offer of a sorely needed big fee tempts him, and he accepts a job offer from Hilliard. Hilliard�s agent, sent to Haiti with money to buy a large number of Haitian paintings has disappeared. Mitch�s job is to find the agent and buy paintings to replace those that were lost. But Haiti is dismaying. Police officials openly scoff at Mitch. He is sickened by the tropical heat and by the atmosphere of poverty, fear and paranoia. When Mitch finds that the agent has been murdered he does what he must, aided only by a Haitian guide, poor but educated, and a loyal man with whom Mitch travels the country.
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About the Author
a number of critics and writer�s organizations. As one of the founders of Watermark Press, Dold edited and published a number of distinguished literary works, including the novel Leaving Las Vegas by John O�Brien, which was made into a movie starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. Dold lives on the prairie of southern Kansas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After spending three years in London, Colorado private investigator Mitch Roberts begins the trek home. On the way to Miami, Mitch flirts with stewardess Rosemary Collins, who suggests he meet her at the Tropical Lounge, just off the Miami-Dade International Airport. However, once in the lounge¿s parking lot, a masked dude holds Mitch up taking his money and credit cards. Mitch¿s efforts to obtain a replacement credit card fails so feeling stranded he calls former minor league baseball teammate Bobby Hilliard, a crazy person, for help. Bobby assists Mitch with some cash, new clothing, and a place to bonefish in the Keys. Bobby later offers Mitch a deal of several thousand dollars to take care of something on Hispaniola. Apparently, someone stole Haitian art that was headed to one of Bobby¿s Florida galleries. Bobby wants Mitch to find the thief. Reluctantly, Mitch agrees not aware the danger he will face in Haiti. The latest Mitch Gaylord mystery, SAMEDI¿S KNAPSACK, is an exciting tale that moves rather quickly forward. The key (no pun intended) to the tale is that author Gaylord Dold insures his prime characters seem genuine though a bit flaky, which in turn adds essence, reality, and enjoyment to the plot. Fans of a fun to read private sleuth series will want to try other Gaylord stories as well as other novels by Mr. Dold who is solid gold when it comes to novels. Harriet Klausner