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

    • Scavenger Reef

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    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

    • 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 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • 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 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    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: 8 hrs and 4 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

    • 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 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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

    • 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 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    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

    • Shot on Location

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Hilarious and suspenseful, wisecracking and wise, this is the most intoxicating story yet from the author of such cult classics as Florida Straits and Sunburn....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bert the Shirt returns! And with Giovanni, too!

    • By Richard Delman on 01-13-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • One Strange Date

    • Key West Capers, Book 12
    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Meet Key West native Renita Daughtry - 22, wide-eyed, gorgeous, and very much in love with love....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ohhh what a date of a listen

    • By Demetra Toula Iliopoulos on 07-18-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sunburn

    • By: Laurence Shames
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    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

    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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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