Laurence Shames
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Laurence Shames

Laurence Shames is the author of more than twenty books. Four of them have been New York Times bestsellers; seven have been optioned for feature film. His comic crime fiction has earned him Great Britain's prestigious Last Laugh Dagger and has been called "as enjoyable as a day at the beach" by USA Today.

Shames was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1951, and graduated from NYU in 1972. Before turning to writing full-time in 1976, he briefly and unhappily held jobs as a taxi driver, lounge singer, furniture mover, lifeguard, dishwasher, gym teacher, and shoe salesman.

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Best Sellers

    • Nacho Unleashed

    • Key West Capers, Book 14
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Key West has a new hero. He weighs four pounds and stands eight inches off the ground. His name is Nacho and he’s the bravest, shrewdest, funniest Chihuahua you will ever meet. He’ll do anything to help his master....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Scavenger Reef

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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”....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shames's best work: articulate, warm, witty.

    • By Richard Delman on 06-16-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Florida Straits

    • A Key West Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    Top-notch suspense and "killer" comedy merge in this rollicking national best seller filled with funky characters, resounding dialogue, and inappropriately named "wise" guys....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Florida Funny

    • By stephen on 08-20-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Naked Detective

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Popular crime novelist Laurence Shames consistently draws favorable comparisons to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unusual for Shames: kinda boring.

    • By Richard Delman on 06-27-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Sunburn

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    Energetic, forceful and unpredictable as a hurricane, Sunburn is filled with off-beat characters, top-notch suspense, and colorful dialogue....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Still waiting for a laugh

    • By C. Byrd on 08-16-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Virgin Heat

    • Key West Capers, Book 5
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Which is more powerful: romance or revenge? Mafia princess Angelina Amaro has only ever loved one man – but her would-be lover, Sal Martucci, fled into the Witness Protection Program....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tropical Depression

    • Key West Capers, Book 4
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    When Murray Zemelman pops another Prozac and heads to the Keys, he has nothing much in mind beyond a hope of winning back his first wife, Franny....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, Great read..

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • One Big Joke

    • Key West Capers, Book 13
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Unemployed TV writer Lenny Sullivan has been having trouble seeing his life and times as anything more than fodder for edgy wisecracks....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shames Just Gets Better!

    • By Pale Fire Press on 02-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Welcome to Paradise

    • A Novel
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    When Al Marracotta, Mafia boss, takes a week’s vacation in Key West, he looks forward to days of sun, sex, and seafood....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not his absolute best, but great anyway.

    • By Richard Delman on 06-12-12

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Key West Luck

    • Key West, Volume 11
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining and fun

    • By C. Unger on 09-29-17

    Regular price: $19.95

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