Gagliano, Anthony Straits of Fortune

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Straits of Fortune

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Written in the classic noir tradition of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, Straits of Fortune is a fast-paced and sometimes deadly adventure set in America's sexiest city.

Ex-cop Jack Vaughn, the best thing to happen to crime fiction since Chandler's Philip Marlowe hung up his holster, moved from the gritty streets of New York to Miami to work as a personal trainer. The sun, sand, and tanned bodies of Miami are a welcome distraction from the haunting memory of another cop's death in New York. But when he becomes involved with millionaire businessman Colonel Patterson, he realizes his newfound peace is short-lived.

The Colonel offers Jack a hundred grand to do a seemingly simple favor. But getting involved with the Colonel also means getting involved with his daughter, the exotic wild child Vivian, who once broke Jack's heart. Jack had sworn to forget her, but this memorable cast of characters lures him back into their double-dealing circle.

The deeper he gets, the more Jack finds himself entangled in an ever-expanding web of lies, lust, and violence. A dark, hard-boiled look at the dangerous underbelly of glamorous Miami, Straits of Fortune is an unforgettable debut novel.

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Born in New York City, Anthony Gagliano now lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

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*Starred Review* Miami personal trainer Jack Vaughn's work has brought him into contact with the city's glitterati--fabulously wealthy businesspeople, beautiful women, porn producers, and well-to-do, socially connected MDs. During the hot, humid Miami summer, many leave the city, and Jack has more time for fishing. So a call from the Colonel, a former client and a decorated Green Beret turned owner of a pharma company, is a surprising and welcome break from catching dinner. But the call also spurs memories of Vivian, the Colonel's bewitching daughter; and it pulls Jack into a lethal scheme involving designer drugs, porn, megayachts, Cuban spies, and multiple murders. Before it's over, Jack has been shot at, beaten, drugged, and run over by a speedboat driven by a psychopathic, 'roid-raged giant who was "too crazy for the Green Berets" and on the run from the DEA, FBI, INS, and the Miami PD.Straits of Fortune is a ripping good Florida yarn, part Carl Hiassen, part Randy Wayne White, and first-novelist Gagliano is quick with a good, hard-boiled simile. It's a safe bet that Jack will be back--and that the many fans of Hiassen, White, and the rest of the Florida crime pantheon will add Gagliano to their list of must-reads. Thomas Gaughan
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