"The new George Pelecanos is here." Son of Spade
Pete Fernandez is a mess. He's on the brink of being fired from his middle-management newspaper job. His fiancée has up and left him. Now, after the sudden death of his father, he's back in his hometown of Miami, slowly drinking himself into oblivion. But when a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld - and, shockingly, his father's past.
Making it up as he goes and stumbling as often as he succeeds, Pete's surreptitious quest becomes the wake-up call he's never wanted but has always needed - but one with deadly consequences. Welcome to Silent City, a story of redemption, broken friendships, lost loves and one man's efforts to make peace with a long-buried past to save the lives of the few friends he has left. SILENT CITY is a gritty, heartfelt debut novel that harkens back to classic P.I. tales, but infused with the Miami that only Alex Segura knows.
About the Author
Alex Segura is a novelist, comic book writer, and musician. He’s the best-selling author of the Archie Meets Kiss storyline and SVP at Red Circle/Archie Comics. Alex also performs regularly in New York as part of the indie rock group Faulkner Detectives. He lives in New York with his wife and two cats, and is a Miami native.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this debut novel from Alex Segura. I liked that the main character wasn't immediately likeable, but grew on me over time. There are a couple of twists that I didn't see coming, but none of them felt like a cheat. Recommended.
What I liked about this one is the setting and the overall mood of the book. It’s gritty, very noir, and it suits the plot. It shows the other side of Miami besides the beaches and the bustling city we are all familiar with. It’s great writing and really sets the tone throughout the story. The plot was interesting if a little far fetched. So someone comes up to you and asks you to help find their daughter. Okay. Any other person would go straight to the police right? Although I suppose this is to show Pete’s ‘investigative’ reporter spidey senses and it piques his interest as he delves further into a downward spiral. So maybe that’s what got him going further. Now I understand (without providing any spoilers here) it gets a little more personal later but I expected maybe a little more from it. Perhaps because I’m used to other books where there’s more twists and turns, some more shocking moments, etc. This one just gets down to business and it’s pretty much cut and dry - which is fine for those that enjoy this type of story. However, there is plenty of action which does make the plot move forward. Pete does take quite a beating in the book but I just could not really like him. He’s gone through a lot, true, but he’s just been on the pity party train and it got old and aggravating. However when he reached the point of no return and when there’s nothing to lose, something sparked in him and he managed to climb out of it (for a bit) but then you have to wonder if he’s going to go back into that void again. Meh. The supporting characters weren’t that great or likable either. I’d suppose the only one that had something was Mike. Emily wasn’t that great and I found her an annoying pest. And Kathy. She was a piece of work and not that likable either. I might keep going further into this series. Not sure yet. I did like reading this but at the same time I wanted more out of it. It was enough to get my attention but I really did like the mood and theme of the book. Perhaps I’ll give the second one a try and see how it goes.
Pete Fernandez, drunk, and generally messed up guy, agrees to find a missing daughter. Pete finds himself in a world of drugs, murder, and criminal activity. Except for the language sprinkled throughout this story, I felt this was an excellent read. Fernandez is an underdog, a person who has lost his purpose in life. He finds it when a mission is placed upon him. This character fights when he's down. When his friends are killed, he continues to struggle against the evil that threatens to destroy him. Tension stays high throughout the book, making this a page-turner. The rhythm allowed me to take a breather after intense scenes. I want to find out more about this Pete Fernandez and already have the next book downloaded. The twist at the end - never saw it coming. Put your seatbelts on, grip the steering wheel and hold on. You're in for a wild ride.