Top-notch suspense and "killer" comedy merge in this rollicking national best seller filled with funky characters, resounding dialogue, and inappropriately named "wise" guys. In the grand tradition of Elmore Leonard, Laurence Shames creates an outrageous heavyweight thriller that's heavy on atmosphere and action. Joey Goldman is a low-level New York hustler. He's taking a working vacation in South Florida and looking to score big with a time-share scam. His half brother Gino Delgatto is a man in need of a fall guy. When they meet in Key West, the term dysfunctional family takes on a new meaning. Will one of them succeed? Or will the Miami mob find an eye-popping way to dispose of them both?
Critically acclaimed narrator Richard Ferrone brings every character to life - from bad guys in shiny blue suits to Steve the naked landlord - with a crackling intensity you will love.
©1992 Laurence Shames (P)1997 Recorded Books
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This is very similar to other crime/fubby/local color books in the genre. it will particularly appeal to relocated
New Yorkers and other northeastern denizens. If not it is probably less enjoyable.
"So glad I took another reader's advise"
I really liked this book. I wasn't sure for the first chapter or so. But then Joey and Sandra move into the bungalow in a compound in Key West, Bert the Shirt and Don Giovanni are on the scene and it becomes delightful, interesting, and at times tense. Richard Ferrone is perfect for this book. I will certainly continue with the series.
One caveat: I fast forwarded through a verbally abusive rant that was over long in my opinion. This was directed at Joey by his older half-brother Gino. I also skipped through some of the graphic violence - I mean this is about a mafia family but I just didn't feel the need to hear every little detail. There is not a huge amount of this stuff and I am not really criticizing the book. Just saying....
I don't expect literary perfection when I pick out books like this. I like the escape of a simple plot with some likeable characters, a protagonist or two who I can root for.
It's fun. It's not rocket science. I enjoyed it. I hope you do too.
"A good story with nice plot twists"
I think this is a very good book I like the narrator very much. The story was well told with nice twists and interesting tidbits about Florida. I think that the main character was very endearing nd the story was one that many could relate to.
"Where's the funny?"
After reading a couple of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey books Laurence Shames was recommended to me. What I had hoped for was a bumbling do-gooder (or bad guy) who while trying to execute his harebrained plan hilarity ensues. Unfortunately ‘Florida Straits” only delivered the first half of this request. I didn’t find any of the situations particularly comical and as a result I didn’t find any of the characters particularly endearing. While the book is well written it just seemed to fall flat with me.
Mr. Ferrone does a great job with the accents and really adds to the story!
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