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The gumshoe bit wasn’t Peter Amsterdam’s idea. His accountant made him do it. But Pete should have figured that with a comfortable tax dodge in the sunny Florida Keys comes the inevitable knockout blonde looking for help. Sometimes life can be like the movies. Unfortunately for Pete, it isn’t black and white.
There’s more to the blonde than meets the eye. And fast on her stiletto heels is a hotshot Key West thug, his possibly duplicitous nympho daughter, a goon in control of the islands’ gambling boats, and a stone-cold corpse whose unexpected appearance has stripped Pete down to his last nerve. All he has to work with are what’s left of his wits, a gun that’s never been fired, and the dashing hope that he can survive this crime long enough to solve it. . . .
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Pete Amsterdam struck it rich through no fault of his own, and he's put his novelistic ambitions aside with his business suits and retired to Key West to live in relative luxury, surrounded by his wine collection and music library. He never considered his PI license as anything but a tax dodge suggested by his accountant. So when a man who's supposedly been dead for two years turns up by the side of Pete's hot tub and asks him to help retrieve the money pouches he buried on a nearby island just before he disappeared, Pete is completely uninterested. But when the man turns up dead again, a beautiful blond yoga teacher who was his best friend convinces Pete to finger the killer and find the treasure--which is how a mild-mannered guy with a taste for the good life gets tangled up with a local mob boss, a gangster who runs a gambling ship, and his dangerous nymphomaniac daughter, ending up in a very funny caper novel that's Laurence Shames's best yet. The pacing ambles a bit, allowing lively digressions on the disparate characters, who end up at the end of the continent and reinvent themselves as regularly as the turning of the tides. This is a welcome addition to the growing shelf of Florida mysteries, and a fuller description of the hero's inner life than Shames has provided in earlier books. --Jane AdamsFrom the Back Cover:
“BREEZILY ENGAGING . . . A LIGHTHEARTED, SARDONIC HOMAGE TO THE DETECTIVE NOVEL.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“ONE OF THE NEW CENTURY’S MOST ENTERTAINING MYSTERIES . . . Shames is a unique stylist who leavens his deep explorations of the human psyche with humor and suspense. Don’t miss this one.”
–The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Funny, suspenseful, romantic, and wise . . . Shames is a terrific writer with real heart.”
–Detroit Free Press
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Book Description Fawcett, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX0345432193
Book Description Fawcett, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0345432193
Book Description Fawcett, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110345432193