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Car Wash Blues: A Mick Murphy Key West Mystery Paperback – September 30, 2013
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Michael Haskins is the writer of the Mick Murphy series, both novels and short stories, and lives in Key West, Florida. He is a semi-retired journalist, who covers Florida Keys news for Reuters News Service and writes for the local The Weekly newspaper.
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But don't expect a lot of the wacky people who live in Key West - such as you might find in the thoroughly enjoyable books of Carl Hiassen, Laurence Shames, Paul Levine and others. There's not a lot of the funny antics that some of the other Key West-based characters get into. There's a lot to be said for those writers who are so good at the lighthearted stuff while still having enough action to make their books good at the shoot-em-up stuff of the genre.
Mick Murphy is one intense guy. He's a writer who found himself up to the eyeballs in trouble with not one, but TWO, Mexican drug families. Many of the characters in Haskins' books are really tough guys on both sides of the law. The occasional laughs in Mick Murphy's stories are kind of limited and not at all distracting from the high caliber action.
Murphy, In Car Wash Blues, starts off quickly by getting into a shoot-out at, of all places, a car wash where he's taking his girlfriend's SUV for a quick run through. He shoots and kills one of the drug dealers while getting himself recognized by the other one, who gets away. This is a major problem for Mick, because his writing from 20 years earlier had put him in contact with the drug lords.
And so the story gets off to a roaring start. And it continues as the theme is beautifully constructed and we get a full serving of Mick Murphy's past and how it has followed him home to Key West. It runs out that some US Federal drug agents, CIA spies, and even sme Mexican law enforcement types all show up in Key West, purportedly to protect Mick and his friends from the drug lords, who are looking at Mick because they've been told that when he was in Mexico 20 years earlier, he took off with $20 million in cash from a drug deal.
A lot of the players in Car Wash Blues are cartel members or their sworn enemies from the various agencies like the DEA, Homeland Security, ex-Navy Seals, etc. Keeping track of them and trying to keep up with the "good guys" and the liars can be a little taxing. But rest assured that Mick Murphy will survive to another book in the near future (soon, I hope).
Do yourself a favor and read Car Wash Blues. If you're like me and love the thrillers the way I do, your new best friend is Mick Murphy. I've already taken the plunge and my Kindle has more than just one Mick Murphy to read. Start with this one and I promise you it will not be the last.