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Air Dance Iguana (Alex Rutledge Mysteries) Hardcover – October 20, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Rutledge Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312291337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312291334
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The reading highlight of the year."
--Michael Connelly, author of The Closers
 
"Tom Corcoran and his hard-ass protagonist are destined to become national treasures."--Randy Wayne White, author of Dead of Night, Tampa Burn, and Everglades
 
"Tom Corcoran has put his time on the water to great use. [He] reconnects my heart and brain to the Key West I knew."--Jimmy Buffett
 
"Vividly portraying the Key West scene, Tom Corcoran has created a wild cast of characters who are a welcome addition to the Alex Rutledge series." --Dallas Morning News
 
"A fast-paced read with a complex but well-told plot, Corcoran's latest will take you to Margaritaville without wasting away your time." --Richmond Times-Dispatch
 

 
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From the Back Cover

SOME WOUNDS NEVER HEAL
Lately, Key West is not quite the laid back place that occasional freelance crime-scene-photographer Alex Rutledge prefers. It's bad enough that the discovery of two dead ex-Navy men one morning?both found swinging on boat lifts twenty miles apart?means grisly work at the indecent hour of 7AM. It's worse that Alex's run-in with a chest-thumping new deputy turns out to have ominous consequences when his wayward younger brother turns up in town...and becomes the prime suspect.

SOME PROMISES SHOULD NEVER BE MADE
Alex knows Tim has messed up his life, but he just can't believe his brother isn't a killer. As Alex digs deeper, he starts to make connections the cops have missed?but he's baffled when he finds one of the deceased owns a picture of a young girl who turned to Alex for help many years ago. And when a third man is found swinging on the docks, he knows time is running out for his brother. But what he doesn't know is that facing the killer may turn out to be the least of his problems...
 
"Tom Corcoran and his hard-ass protagonist are destined to become national treasures."?Randy Wayne White, author of Dead of Night, Tampa Burn, and Everglades
 
"Tom Corcoran has put his time on the water to great use. [He] reconnects my heart and brain to the Key West I knew."?Jimmy Buffett
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fun read with plenty of twist and turns.
Carlton O Phelps
The everpresent signs spotted by every tourist describing the Keys: "A quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem!" are at work here.
Charles J. Marr
At the heart of this book is Alex's attempt at rescuing his derelict brother.
David J. Forsmark

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By St. Louis Mystery Fan on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am not sure why this author does not get more buzz in the Florida contingent of mystery writers - I find his stories very entertaining and always look forward to the next Alex Rutledge

mystery. This one is another interesting story - and it disappopints me that Corcoran gets no press. I checked out of curiosity and saw that the Borders near my house did not carry this book nor did any Borders in St. Louis - you could order it and get it in a week. Obviously the published is not doing much to promote - and I believe the release of this book was delayed for some time - not sure what is going on but I encourage the writer to keep up with this story line.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Vickery on November 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Air Dance Iguana is absolutely wicked. The twists and turns of the plot along with the unsual and intriguing cast of characters makes it impossible to put the book down. Corcoran has an eerie knack for weaving a tantalizing tapestry revealing the unexpected. A "who done it" that shouldn't be missed.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David J. Forsmark on December 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Another indication that Harriet Klausner does not read all of the books she posts about is her description of Air Dance Iguana as "zany." Despite the uniquely Floridian manner of murder and the title, in tone, the Alex Rutledge books are far closer to John D. MacDonald and Steve Hamilton than Carl Hiaasen and his countless imitators-- which is what someone who only looked at the COVER of this book might mistake it for.

Like Travis McGee, Alex works when he needs to, and enjoys his lifestyle, like Steve Hamilton, the cases are an imposition on his real life. At the heart of this book is Alex's attempt at rescuing his derelict brother. Sure there's humor, but this book is anything but "zany." Check it out if you like MacDonald and Hamilton, and would like something set in Florida that's not a cheap rip-off of Hiaasen like FAR too many other series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Voracious reader on January 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Alex Rutledge mystery and I've gone on to buy the rest of Corcoran's catalog. These are great books -- some of the best and most nuanced mystery novels I've ever read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Marr on January 29, 2006
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Alex Rutledge actually gets into action out of Key West, albeit it is just across the seven mile bridge. Maybe it is that Corcoran's soul is in Key West more than most of the many writers based there, but this latest of his tightly plotted and well written novels has a sense of the spirit of the place that I find in few of the others. The author knows his setting and characters (with Alex Rutledge the sometimes crime photographer, sometimes freelancer, pal of "Chicken Neck" - former Key West city detective, now Monroe County Sheriff, Alex's past and present lovers, associates and now rogue brother, Tim) there is a cast appropriate to the Keys. The actual strange mix of legal jurisdictions - Monroe County, State of Florida, City of Key West and other Keys' cities, the Feds with immigration, shore patrol, coast guard and FBI - has made for the sort of tangle of ambitions, secrets and confusions which a crime novelist of Corcoran's skill can exploit to create a great read.

The everpresent signs spotted by every tourist describing the Keys: "A quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem!" are at work here. We first see Tim in custody, outside the Bull and Whistle after a few of their very cold draft beers. The mysterious coincidences of the Keys: lookalikes, chance meetings, odd meetings of e spouses and old friends in saloons or walking along Smathers beach, which all Key residents know happen, may be the greatest stretchers of readers' credulity, but spend a month in Marathon sometime and the reality of such unrealities will sink in. And then there are Keys' jokes. "jackalope" would not stand a chance there. We wonder throughout about the murders by davit that start the novel off - are they some ironic joke. Only at the end will you learn. And it will be worth it. A word of caution Do not skip ahead and spoil it .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rjgsphinx on November 5, 2006
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I have read all of the Alex Rutledge series and if you love Key West these are the books for you. If you do not love Key West get ready to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Couture on November 9, 2009
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My wife and I both keep reading Tom Corcoran's novels and they are always great. If you've ever been to Key West his novels take you right back. These are by far the best modern novels set in Key West.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Bowes on September 8, 2009
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This time you don't need a relationship chart. But why are all the killings in the Keys related to our hero? A more or less straight ahead hunt for the killer helps the reader turn the pages. The local color is still a big plus. Well done.
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