Florida Straits

A Key West Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Key West, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.49

Buy for $24.49

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's 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.

©1992 Laurence Shames (P)1997 Recorded Books

What listeners say about Florida Straits

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    50
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    70
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    47
  • 4 Stars
    48
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Florida Funny

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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Hilarious, Poignant, suspenseful

What did you love best about Florida Straits?

There was nothing to not like. This book combined my love of New York life and Key west life. The two come together like oil and water, but in the end it all gets sorted out.

What other book might you compare Florida Straits to and why?

The style reminds me Tim Dorsey.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice, was amazing!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried.

Any additional comments?

Read this book!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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....

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Simply terrible

Only reason I finished it was to see just exactly how bad it could get

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Hilarious and gorgeous writing!

I am a huge Laurence Shames fan after this book. His writing is beautiful. His stories hilarious and his characters make me smile. Bert the Shirt and his little dog, of course, are my favorites. It takes a lot for a book to keep me interested past the first few chapters, but I zoomed through this book and bought the next in series straight after!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

Enjoyable in every way, reading, story characters. Helps I'm from Queens, great connection, Pisanos like my family.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

the name was lost in my mind

I had listened to one of the books in this Lawrence Shames series many years ago ( it was on tape) and life got in the way and I kind of forgot and while listening to another South Florida author I remembered his series and spend some time trying to remember the name I was very pleased and I've enjoyed this starting with the number one and will now go on from there thank you

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-20

Very enjoyable

I had already read the book so I already knew it was great fun, well written with a good story, enjoyable characters and a great evocation of Key West. However I have to say that the performance in this audiobook really added another level. Highly recommended.