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Bone Key

Les Standiford

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ISBN 10: 0425195503 / ISBN 13: 9780425195505
Published by Berkley, 2004
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Bone Key

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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While on his way down to Key West to negotiate a business deal, John Deal stops to assist a young black man who is being tormented by police, and when that same black man is found dead two days later, Deal embarks on an investigation that plunges him into a shocking web of piracy and murder. Reprint.


A new Deal novel is cause for celebration, as fans of Les Standiford's series featuring the Florida contractor know. This time around, Deal's complicated family ties lure him from Miami to Key West to bid on a huge project being developed by entrepreneur Franklin Stone, an old friend of his father's. It's always a good idea to get a series hero away from his usual haunts, even if the Keys aren't that far from Florida's gold coast; the geography of the setting is key to this somewhat run-of-the-mill tale of buried treasure, vintage wine, and murder. What makes this mystery worthwhile isn't the plot, it's the people; instead of Vernon Driscoll, Deal's usual sidekick, Standiford gives us Russell Straight, and instead of Janice, Deal's estranged wife, the author sets up Annie Dodds, Deal's college girlfriend, as his love interest; it's the author's skill at characterization that renders them real rather than stereotypical, multifaceted rather than one-dimensional. Not the best of the series, but still well worth reading. --Jane Adams

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