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When it comes to murder, nothing is as it seems.

After being laid off from his job as a newspaper reporter in a coastal Florida town, Dexter Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is in Mexico, he discovers the man has been murdered. And Vega's prints are all over the murder weapon.

As the police build a case against him, Vega flies to Mexico City to locate his client's daughter, hoping she will help him find the murderer and thus clear his name. But when he finds the woman, she tells him a very different story - nothing is as it seems.

Beaten by thugs and ordered to leave Mexico, Vega returns home to find himself immersed in a web of blackmail, greed, and revenge. Still pursued by the cops - and now a target of evil predators.

©2017 Danny Lopez (P)2017 Danny Lopez

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great narration.

Fun story by Danny Lopez brought vividly to life by Don Amodio. Very highly recommended.

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Great Modern Mystery

The setting, the protagonist, the story. All of these elements really came together in this story in a way that kept me guessing till the end.

The narration by Don Amodio really brought this story to life. This was my first audio book experience, and he really helped me escape into the story. Looking forward to his next adventure.

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This is fantastic

I was so pleased to have the opportunity to read this gem. Just graphic enough to keep my attention, yet I would recommend this to my sixteen year old son and be comfortable with that choice. Constant action with very little filler.
You can't help but like the "everyman" protagonist. A man down on his luck, turns private investigator. There are some laugh-out-loud funny moments.
All I can say is this is a very enjoyable read. Had to keep finding chores to do for excuses to listen.
I was given a copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review.

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A noir love letter to Mexico via Florida

Tequila drinking axolotols attempt to bring Hollywood to Sarasota. Stellar performance by Don Amodio, who brought the story to life with his vibrant narration.

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Fun little mystery

This was a very quick listen, perfect for a little palate cleanser between longer novels. It fits the description of your standard crime novel, with the usual twists and turns of a mystery novel, but don’t go in expecting any literary epiphanies or profound prose. There’s a definite lack of depth to the characters and the plot, which actually suited me just fine for this particular story. I didn’t feel a keen connection to any of the characters, but I still wanted to know how it ended, so I suppose that says something about the author’s ability to develop a good plot line.

I’ll be keeping my eye out for more from this author. It seems (though I haven’t researched him to know for sure) that he may just be starting out, and his writing style is still developing. If that’s the case, I’m excited for future work from him. Some heavier editing, perhaps, and a little more development, and he’ll be churning out best sellers in no time.

The narration left a little to be desired. In my opinion, a narrator should be able to draw you into the book while simultaneously being able to stay out of it. I think a good narrator will stay out of the way of the story; you should be able to listen to the words, not how the words are being said.

There was nothing overtly offensive about how this book was read, but it felt like a high school forensics performance: a lot of over-eager emoting, and some awkward pauses and weird breath hitches (probably for dramatic effect) where pauses seemed unnecessary. I kept wishing he would just relax and tell me the story, especially since the book is written in first-person perspective, but the whole thing felt like he was auditioning for the part of narrator. He TOLD! ME! THE STORY!!!! instead of just talking to me calmly.

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A Gripping Narrative Brought to Life

This is the best book I've ever read about salamanders and murder. I was immediately drawn in by the narrative, and soon found myself falling in love with Dexter's seat-of-the-pants sleuthing. Danny Lopez's colorful characters and witty dialogue are brought vividly to life by Don Amodio's vocal performance. I also learned how to spell "axolotl".

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Mystery that keeps you guessing

The Last Girl keeps you guessing, from the ragged looking man (who I kept wondering about!) in the bar to traveling through Mexico, you never really know what’s happening next.
Loved it! It was a great companion for my work commute.

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Kidnapping, Murder, and Tequila in the Gulf

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Girl to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version of this book, though I think I would have a less interesting experience. I don't read much mystery, and having someone articulate the story helped me get involved.

What did you like best about this story?

The parts of this story I liked best were when the main character is in a "low" point. When he is lost in his quest, or questioning his own choices stick out as major points of interest for me. Even his hangovers are gripping moments. Dexter is a flawed man, and I look forward to his rises and falls in more books.

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

His ability to make slight voice changes helped to sympathize with some of the characters in a way I don't think I would have felt if I read it. When I read a book, most characters have the exact same voice in my head. In this audio book, I felt more sympathy for a female character than I expected to when she was first introduced. I think this was because the vocal portrayal of her had a tone of concern and passion.

He also has to read a few passages in Spanish. I don't speak any, but his use of an accent and his pronunciation made me believe he was right, and it didn't take me out of the story.

Another cool bit he added was the announcement of the chapters in a musky baritone. It had a very "Watchmen" or "Dick Tracy" feel to it. Having every part of the audio play into the them of the book made it that much more immersive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What you find, you don't always expect.

Florida isn't the paradise he thought it was.

Dexter Vega was just trying to earn some scratch.

Any additional comments?

I liked how the author's personal experiences brought me to an area of the world and a culture that I am not a part of. It made me feel more interested to hear about struggles in a, area that I don't sped much time thinking about.