Key West
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  • 1
    Florida Straits: A Key West Mystery, Book 1 | Laurence Shames

    Florida Straits: A Key West Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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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?

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 23 2015 by Susan (Iowa City, IA, United States)
  • 2
    Scavenger Reef | Laurence Shames

    Scavenger Reef

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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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.

    Shames's best work: articulate, warm, witty.

    Readers who are looking for gangsters and gags might be disappointed by this book, but I think it is his best work. There are rich characters, a plot ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 16 2012 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)
  • 3
    Sunburn | Laurence Shames

    Sunburn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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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.

    Thoroughly enjoyable

    Delightful characters that make me think of Elmore Leonard, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen. Warm and witty definitely describe the tone of Shames writi..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 04 2012 by Kathy (Bedford, TX, United States)
  • 4
    Tropical Depression: Key West Capers, Book 4 | Laurence Shames

    Tropical Depression: Key West Capers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Jem Matzan
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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?

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  • 5
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  • 6
    Mangrove Squeeze | Laurence Shames

    Mangrove Squeeze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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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.

    Wise, endearing and incredibly funny.

    I read Laurence Shames's books when they came out in print about twenty years ago, and I loved them then. The audio version, at least of this book, is..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 07 2012 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)
  • 7
    Welcome to Paradise: A Novel | Laurence Shames

    Welcome to Paradise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
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    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....

    Not his absolute best, but great anyway.

    Laurence Shames can write like nobody's business, and Ron McLarty can narrate. They are a fine pair in this book, which features a Key West setting an..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 12 2012 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)
  • 8
    The Naked Detective | Laurence Shames

    The Naked Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
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    Popular crime novelist Laurence Shames consistently draws favorable comparisons to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. In his Key West tales, Shames paints vivid, hilarious portraits of the sun-splashed “paradise” he calls home. The retired Pete Amsterdam isn’t really a private investigator. But he has a license, a gun, and a listing in the phone book—all so he can write-off his wine cellar as an “office.”

    Unusual for Shames: kinda boring.

    This is Shames's last book in the Key West series, and he shoulda quit while he was ahead. The protagonist, Pete Amsterdam, is a reluctant detective, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 27 2012 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)
  • 9
    Shot on Location | Laurence Shames

    Shot on Location

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    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.

    Bert the Shirt returns! And with Giovanni, too!

    I absolutely would, and will. I look forward to every new book by Lawrence Shames. This guy will make you laugh under any circumstance you might be in..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 13 2015 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)
  • 10
    Tropical Swap: Key West Capers, Book 10 | Laurence Shames

    Tropical Swap: Key West Capers, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Jem Matzan
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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.

    everything that’s good about campy mobster stories

    This book is everything that’s good about campy mobster stories, packed in a nice and compact 6-hour audiobook.

    The characters in this book a..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 20 2016 by AudioBook Reviewer (Madison, WI, United States)
  • 11
    Key West Luck: Key West, Volume 11 | Laurence Shames

    Key West Luck: Key West, Volume 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Jem Matzan
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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?

    I love this Key West series from Laurence Shames

    The author has a knack for creating characters that stick with you long after you've finished reading or listening to his books and the characters in ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 14 2016 by Stephen Campbell (Naples, FL USA)