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Chasin' the Wind: Mick Murphy Key West Mystery Paperback – January 18, 2011
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"Drawing you in from the first page, this fast paced and gripping book bring Key West to vivid life, revealing a dark menace beneath the placid city of shaggy bars, flowing rum and the sound of rain on tin roof."
About the Author
Michael Haskins is the author of the Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series and has published Mick Murphy short stories and novels. He lives in Key West, where he worked as the KW Citizen Business Editor/Writer and the City's Public Information Officer.
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My only complaint, as it is for too much self-published work, were the numerous typos and spelling errors. Especially at the end where the word "rifle" was consistently misspelled as "riffle." Certainly spell check isn't going to pick up on something like that.
As a writer myself, and a former magazine editor, I find errors like that extremely irritating. I hope to have my own book up here shortly and am now going through it for the fourth time to try and eliminate those kinds of mistakes. Be that as it may, I'll be back to read another Haskins book.
Michael Haskins gives us a glimpse of `island time' and island life in his debut novel, CHASIN' THE WIND, which is set in and around Key West's `Old Town'. With `Mad Mick' Murphy, a freelance journalist, as our tour guide, we are exposed to the sultry lazy days and the laid-back bar hopping island nights that most of us secretly envy. One would almost expect Hemingway to walk through the door and start an argument at the bar.
Mick, who has a supposedly violent past, has spent most of his career writing about Central and South American foreign affairs. He has made Key West his hermitage from the ghosts of his former life in California when he is suddenly confronted with violence and the need for revenge upon discovering the murder of one of his sailing buddies. Haskins takes us on a wild-wind journey of inept local police, mysterious agents from competing `agencies', Cuban espionage and soulless murderers. The story rushes you along the surface so fast you think you are sailing on the Gulf Stream.
The downside to this is that, because CHASIN' THE WIND is a thriller, Haskins gives the novel the feeling of a New York minute. Mick Murphy is someone you want to get to know, someone you want to relate with; however, we are never really given the chance.
The end of CHASIN' THE WIND has sequel stamped all over it, and I really hope that that is true. Michael Haskins has the wonderful ability to evoke the sights and smells of the island out of thin air, and it doesn't hurt that he has Mick drinking Jamesons like most of us drink water. Haskins just needs to give us the same feeling for his characters, and to let the `Mad Mick' Murphy series find some island time, so we can get to know the characters, their interconnections, and the plots better. - Josh Schrank