Key West

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

Florida Straits Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Florida Straits

    • A Key West Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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?

    Regular price: £23.79

  • Book 2

    • Scavenger Reef

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    On best-seller lists all over the country with his witty cynicism and delightfully dark humor, Laurence Shames writes thrillers that his fans endearingly classify as great “Florida noir.” In the tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, he gives character to the inhabitants of Florida’s steamy underbelly. Artist Augie Silver’s friends are ostensibly grief-stricken when he drowns in a shipwreck off Scavenger Reef, but most of them are nervous because his body wasn’t found.

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 3

    • Sunburn

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Listeners across the country have fallen in love with Laurence Shames’ rollicking national best-sellers set in South Florida. Energetic, forceful and unpredictable as a hurricane, Sunburn is filled with off-beat characters, top-notch suspense, and colorful dialogue. When aging Mafia godfather Vincente Delgatto flies to Key West to get a little sun, he decides to write his memoirs.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice series continuation

    • By AReader on 20-08-17

    Regular price: £23.79

  • Book 4

    • Tropical Depression

    • Key West Capers, Book 4
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Murray Zemelman, a.k.a. The Bra King, pops another Prozac and heads to the Keys, he has nothing much in mind beyond a quixotic hope of winning back his first wife, Franny, whom he dumped years before. But when he forms an unlikely friendship with Tommy Tarpon, the last remaining member of an obscure Indian tribe, another plan also starts shaping up in his fevered brain. Why not open up Key West's first casino?

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 5

    • Virgin Heat

    • Key West Capers, Book 5
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Which is more powerful: romance or revenge? Mafia princess Angelina Amaro has only ever loved one man - and even that lone affair was never consummated. Why not? Because her would-be lover, Sal Martucci, fled into the Witness Protection Program after ratting out Big Paul, Angelina's father. But when Sal is discovered, a decade later, working as a bartender in Key West, the wildly dysfunctional Amaro clan heads south - one member with love on her mind, the others with murder in their hearts.

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 6

    • Mangrove Squeeze

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Laurence Shames’ funny, elegantly written, and hip thrillers have topped best-seller lists across the country, and earned him a leading role as a writer of “Florida noir” with Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. When Island Frigate advertising rep Suki Sperakis decides to write an exposé on the Key West black market, she is strangled and left for dead in the trunk of a car sinking slowly into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 7

    • Welcome to Paradise

    • A Novel
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When Al Marracotta, Mafia boss, takes a week’s vacation in Key West, he looks forward to days of sun, sex, and seafood. Alan Tuschman, New Jersey furniture salesman, is a reluctant tourist. He has won a week in Key West for his sales record. But they have something in common: vanity license plates that read BIG AL. So when two goons are sent to ruin Big Al’s vacation, it’s not long before they target the wrong guy. Between the frustrated henchmen and the baffled Als, each chapter grows loonier than the last. And with the addition of a romantic wild card, the tough guys’ schemes are tempered....

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

    • Shot on Location

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Take three speedboats, a disgruntled ghostwriter, and a hit TV show starring a gorgeous but impossible diva and created by a driven genius who may be losing his marbles. Add a fearless and gleefully profane stuntwoman, an ancient Mafioso with a chihuahua, and a revenge-crazed blonde in gladiator sandals. Stir in a thug with a heart of gold and an inveterate slacker who yearns for glory.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Straight to DVD

    • By sarahmoose2000 on 30-11-14

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 10

    • Tropical Swap

    • Key West Capers, Book 10
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Wanted: NY apartment in exchange for a great Key West house with swimming pool. In February. Who wouldn't take a swap like that? Then again, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, as Meg and Peter Kaplan soon discover. Heading south for a supposed dream vacation, what they find instead is a panic attack waiting to happen. Coconuts crash through windows, bearing cryptic death threats.

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 11

    • Key West Luck

    • Key West, Volume 11
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Phoebe has a dream - a very modest dream. She wants to own a Sno-Cone truck at the beach in Key West. Nicky, her would-be boyfriend, also dreams small. All he wants is a decent gig as a guitar player in a bar. Doesn't seem like too much to ask of life, does it? So why do things keep going so dreadfully wrong for Phoebe and Nicky? Is it just plain bad luck? Or is it the decidedly bad intentions of a sleazy local cheat, a Miami gangster desperate to stay in business, and a murderous Cuban smuggler looking for a fall guy?

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 12

    • One Strange Date

    • Key West Capers, Book 12
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Meet Key West native Renita Daughtry - 22, wide-eyed, gorgeous, and very much in love with love. In other words, an irresistible target for professional impostor and pathological liar Richie Pestucci, who plans to charm her into utter helplessness. But there's just one problem. Renita's seeming naiveté masks a lot of savvy and a will of velvet-coated steel, and it isn't long before Richie, now smitten with his intended victim, starts to wonder just who is gaming who.

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 13

    • One Big Joke

    • Key West Capers, Book 13
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Unemployed TV writer Lenny Sullivan has been having trouble seeing his life and times as anything more than fodder for edgy wisecracks. But when he bolts to Key West, things suddenly turn serious. Well, sort of serious. A bullying businessman in league with a pair of bumbling mobsters is plotting to burn down his best friend’s struggling comedy club. The pill-popping star of his last best chance at a hit show is under a death threat from a very sore loser in a love triangle. And Lenny’s staunchest ally happens to be a 90-something named Bert the Shirt.

    Regular price: £18.29