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Miami Heat Hardcover – January, 1991

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The promising plot of this first novel--an ex-FBI man is caught up in a Cuban and KGB-backed scheme to murder Castro and must, at great risk, work through a series of mazes to foil the plan--is defeated by verbosity and inept characterization. The hero, David Knight, is a dullard with a tendency toward emotionalism--"a wetness in his eyes" is not uncommon--and the major difference between Americans and Cubans is the latters' more formal speech. While a would-be John Wayne cold warrior convinces, the local color of Florida, Spain and Mexico is no more exciting than a shopping mall. The interesting concepts of Castro's betrayal by his Soviet patrons and the view of Miami as a new Casablanca haven't a chance against all the words ("Her comments increased his data base with additional information to test theories by hypothesis as well as speculation."oy! ). With better editing, Sanford's thriller might have delivered on its promise.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312054696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312054694
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,748,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author
Jerry Sanford joined the United States Attorney's Offi ce in Miami in 1975 and was chief of the Terrorist Unit and the Narcotics Conspiracy Section. He later became the Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Gainesville Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida. As an adjunct instructor at Florida International University, he taught the course International Terrorism. He has been a member of the Mystery Writers of America since 1986 and served as a member of the board of directors of the MWA Florida Chapter for four years. He is also a member of the International Thriller Writers.

Jerry's first novel, Miami Heat (St. Martin's Press), is a spy thriller about an FBI counterintelligence agent who foils a Russian plot to assassinate Fidel Castro.

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I picked up the book at a used bookstore two weeks ago. It is outdated (published in 1991), but I was involved in law enforcement and intelligence in Miami during the period Sanford writes about. The dust jacket summary drew me in, and I finished reading the book in two nights. I strongly disagree with the first review; from my own experience, Sanford was right on the money in capturng the intrigue, duplicity, and wilderness of mirrors atmosphere in Miami at that time. He nails the incredible law enforcement/intelligence/political miasma pulsing through the city, and his recreation of the interagency (CIA, FBI, DEA, etc.) rivalries screams with authenticity. And I didn't find his characters "flat" at all; in fact, I dealt with some real-life people that I swear he must have drawn from. The author may be a little wordy at times, but the plot moves so swiftly that the so-called verbosity mever stands in the way of the riveting action. This book, in my opinion, is certainly one of the best that describes why Miami was, at that time, called the new "Casablanca." I just wonder why Sanford hasn't written more; he certainly has the talent for wrting political/spy thrillers.
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