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Dangerous Ends: (Pete Fernandez Book 3) Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"A real throwback to the kind of books I love. Segura captures the spirit of modern Miami with its complicated past and conflicted present. Pete Fernandez is the perfect hero to walk the mean streets of both worlds."
―Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn and The Innocents
"Alex Segura honors the private detective tradition, but also expands it. With a rich setting and an engagingly complex main character, DANGEROUS ENDS is a tense, gripping exploration of what happens when a bloody past collides with a dangerous present."
―Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
"Segura guides DANGEROUS ENDS with surprising, and believable, twists, putting his work firmly among the best of South Florida crime fiction." ―Oline Cogdill, Sun Sentinel
"A rich seam of noir-dark mystery that intertwines intriguingly with Fernandez’s own family story." ―Seattle Review of Books
"A confirmation that noir hasn’t run out of tricks and just might be the ideal vehicle to explore our current moment." ―Los Angeles Review of Books
"Segura knows his territory, and the combination of the knowing and troubled detective with the seething backdrop of contemporary Miami makes this a hard series to resist and DANGEROUS ENDS a book you’ll want to read immediately." ―Bookreporter.com
"Dangerous Ends does not disappoint...an enjoyable read." ―Criminal Element
"Alex Segura’s take on the P.I. series perfectly straddles the line between modern and old-school. With each new entry, Pete Fernandez further assures himself a place on the list of reader’s favorite private investigators. A love letter to Miami, Dangerous Ends makes excellent use of the diversity found in this hot and unique American city." ―BOLO Books
"A case with dark, unexpected twists." ―Publishers Weekly
“Alex Segura is one of the most exciting and vital voices in crime fiction today, and his Pete Fernandez series is keeping private eye fiction alive and kicking (serious ass) in the new millennium. His work does what the best crime fiction should do: take us down city streets we wouldn’t dare visit alone.” ―Duane Swierczynski, Edgar Award-nominated author of Canary
"Like Elmore Leonard before him, Segura drags the darkness out into the hot sunlight. There's a lot of heart in these broken souls."
―Brian Azzarello, author of 100 Bullets, Moonshine and Batman
"Lively characters, clear prose, a good mystery and a satisfying amount of action make this one another winner and the last chapter made me very eager to read the next one in the series." ―Sons of Spade
"So many writers have tried to reinvent the PI novel in recent years that it's refreshing to be reminded it was never broken. DOWN THE DARKEST STREET is classic PI fiction in the best sense, with a vibrant setting and a character who's so much more than the sum of his flaws. Larger-than-life has its charms, but Alex Segura shows us how riveting a human-scale story can be."
Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of WILDE LAKE
"With a damaged-yet-resilient hero, the meanest of streets and the twistiest of crimes, Down the Darkest Street is tense and taut. A series not to be missed.”
Megan Abbott, bestselling author of THE FEVER
"Segura (has) an edgy storytelling style, snappy dialogue, and a cast of salty characters. A really fine crime story."
"(Segura) has created the next great hard-boiled protagonist in Pete Fernandez...DOWN THE DARKEST STREET marks the emergence not just of the next great crime fiction series, but of a writer on the rise."
"This compelling sequel to SILENT CITY is a brooding, melancholy tale with a somber ending, Pete’s sadness echoes the darkest corners of Miami’s roughest streets."
"DOWN THE DARKEST STREET is strongest when it focuses on Pete trying to rebuild his life, and sometimes failing...Segura makes us care about Pete, whose struggles with alcohol are realistic...Pete and his journey through Miami are appealing."
"(Pete Fernandez's) flaws are refreshing after the growing popularity of coming book-type heroes who, whatever happens, emerge from their brawls with nary a scratch. In contrast, the flawed Fernandez comes across as very, very human."
"At once a harrowing crime novel and a deeply human tale of struggle and redemption, DOWN THE DARKEST STREET latest will keep you guessingand gaspinguntil you’ve turned the final page."
Chris Holm, bestselling author of THE KILLING KIND
"Segura’s DOWN THE DARKEST STREET is pitch perfect in the key of hard-boiled. A sublime blend of flawed protagonist, hot house setting, and gritty narrative."
Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times Bestselling author of WHERE IT HURTS and ROBERT B. PARKER'S BLIND SPOT
"Cool, compelling, and completely believable--Alex Segura nails Miami noir. His Pete Fernandez is terrific, and readers will fly through the pages as this reluctant PI faces broken promises, terrifying loyalties and inevitable heartbreak. Loved this book!"
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author
"Down the Darkest Street is a compelling page turner. It’s a smartly written book that offers an insider’s view of Miami and weaves a fascinating mystery that we only hope Pete can get to the bottom of."
The Huffington Post
"Alex Segura has crafted a protagonist you want to cheer for...shows the reader a side of the city that most tourists would miss. He takes the reader from the bars and restaurants near the University of Miami to the Cuban neighborhoods to the strip-mall and chain restaurant filled suburbs. There’s more to Miami than the pastel-colored beachfront hotels. There’s a seedier, darker side to the city."
"Anyone who enjoys solid PI novels will find a lot to love here and will be happy they grabbed this book."
Out of the Gutter
Outstanding praise for SILENT CITY, the first Pete Fernandez novel by Alex Segura
"Murder, mayhem, Miami...and every character has their own great taste in music. Silent City knows that every city has its own dark and twisted personality. And so do its inhabitants. Take a chance and step inside."
Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE INNER CIRCLE, as well as the bestsellers THE TENTH JUSTICE, DEAD EVEN, THE FIRST COUNSEL, THE MILLIONAIRES, THE ZERO GAME, THE BOOK OF FATE and THE BOOK OF LIES
"Segura's command of tight plotting and realistic characters keeps this energetic debut on track."
The Miami Herald
"In Silent City, Segura shines a light on a Miami not often seen, one in which neon and glitz are supplanted by the hardscrabble grit of folks just trying to get by. Silent City is a coiled snake, twist after twist bringing you ever closer to its final, stinging bite."
Chris F. Holm, bestselling author of DEAD HARVEST, THE WRONG GOODBYE and THE BIG REAP
"Miami glows hot in this debut - Alex Segura is a name to watch." Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of DOWNFALL
"Silent City screams off the page! Someone lock Alex Segura in a room until he churns out more tales of Pete Fernandez's Miami! As someone once wrote, 'Please sir, I want more.'"
Kevin Flynn, author of NOTES ON A KILLING, LEGALLY DEAD and OUR LITTLE SECRET
"Silent City is a top-notch thriller. The action is non-stop, the tension is relentless, and in Pete Fernandez, Alex Segura has created the most compelling, original, and complex multi-layered hero I've encountered in years."
Andrew Grant, bestselling author of EVEN, DIE TWICE and RUN
"Silent City is a noir page-turner I couldn't put down, a race through the Miami tourists don't see. I loved the book, and can't wait for the next one. Alex Segura is a writer to watch."
Sara Gran, bestselling author of DOPE and CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD
"Silent City is a page-turner right from the get-go, fast and furious and with plenty of bite."
Adam Christopher, bestselling author of EMPIRE STATE and THE BURNING DARK
"A thrilling read that picks up speed with each page. This book was a fantastic debut in the mystery genre, and I m ecstatic that Pete Fernandez has his own series. Looking forward to more from Segura."
Steve Weddle, acclaimed author of COUNTRY HARDBALL
"A gritty murder mystery/detective story set in Miami among the ruins of the old guard media."
The Huffington Post
"Segura is off to a good start with Silent City."
One of Crimespree Magazine s Favorite Reads of 2013
"Alex Segura nails the mood his first time out with his debut novel, SILENT CITY. He takes the reader on a rough and tumble tour of his hometown of Miami, Florida. But hold on. this isn't the Miami of USA Network's Burn Notice. No one is cracking wise with a drink by the ocean; Segura's Miami is haunted by a silent killer while our hero is haunted by his failures."
"Both a classic and unique detective novel...a pretty powerful and exciting tale."
"Segura pulls off an evolution of character I can t recall having seen in recent crime fiction. He also uses the dark corners and alleyways of Miami, untouched by the neon of South Beach, to create a criminal's playground that leaves in the reader's mouth a cheap beer aftertaste that blends well with the scent of stale smoke permeating the room. If trench-coat-and-Stetson-hat fiction were a genre, Silent City would be right at home in it."
The Florida Book Review
"Instead of a down-on-his-luck PI who somehow manages to be a step ahead of everything, Pete stumbles to try and keep up. Surprisingly charming and doggedly determined, he's a little bit Harry Dresden and a lot Clint Barton from Matt Fraction s Hawkeye. Segura writes some fantastic action sequences and keeps the suspense humming throughout the story. It's book you find yourself needing to finish, just so you can see if Pete manages to survive the mess he s pulled himself into."
"Forget the neon lights. Forget the glitz. Forget the bikinis and mojitos. And get ready for the other side of Miami." --CrimeFictionLover.com
"The new George Pelecanos is here...I was really impressed with this debut." --Son of Spade
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Although I've been to Miami exactly once, Segura paints the city and its neighborhoods in such evocative tones that I wished I'd spent more than a day there. Pete is also a compelling character: relatable, affable, not at all slick or sleazy, just a guy dedicated to getting the job done. The result is a book that glides along at a comfortable pace, devoid of cliffhanger moments but charming nonetheless.
The book had some minor issues that caused me to knock off a star. First, some of the imagery was repetitive, with characters, for example, smiling way more often than necessary to express a range of emotions. Second, the scenes in Cuba, despite their drama, jolted me out of the narrative. Though the material added historic and cultural dimension, it could have been worked into the story in a less intrusive way. Finally, there's a sequence in which Pete and partner Kathy are casually fleeing from a murderous gang in a manner that did not seem credible. I had a hard time with that chapter.
I had not heard of this series before reading Dangerous Ends, but will now go back and read the other two books, hoping that they are as well-paced and entertaining as this one.
The mystery itself was a thrill, but Pete's personal story is what really made me fall in love. While trying to crack an old murder case (and opening a hornet's nest in the process), Pete goes through a complex struggle with his own past and alcoholism. The story is a study in consequences as we see how Pete's previous jobs and family legacy come around to haunt him. The specter of the past haunts other characters in ways I can't describe without spoiling some twists, but I liked that there was a unifying theme.
Misc things I loved:
- Alex shows a side of Miami I've never seen. It's like one of those Bourdain travel shows where he takes you to all this hole-in-the-wall restaurants and off-the-beaten-path beaches. I felt like I got an insider's guide.
- Flashbacks to Pete's grandfather in Castro's Cuba and the fall out of the revolution. It was cool to see how the Cuban revolution shaped Miami.
- It rewards readers of the previous volumes by showing the fallout of Pete's prior cases, but gives enough history for anyone to pick this up and not miss a beat. The necessary backstory is expertly woven in.
- The tension milked out of not just the mystery, but Pete's struggle to work with a team. He's not perfect, but he knows it. He works on himself and grows as a character with each book.
- I did NOT see the ending coming!
Alex Segura has developed a wonderful, modern-day pulp detective, who navigates his way through all the trappings of classic Noir. Pete's story only becomes richer with each page of this third installment. And the author further intrigues the reader by interweaving a story from another time and place to give us, not only greater understanding of his fictional detective, but a fascinating connection to Pete's current case.
One of the reasons I so enjoy Alex Segura's work, being a Miami native, is that I know the places that Pete visits in these novels. And each description that Segura provides perfectly captures the look and feel of these locations. I grew up around places that have appeared as crime scenes in the Pete Fernandez stories. I've eaten the same food at the restaurants where Pete interviews suspects and sources. It is an absolute treasure to see Pete's Miami, that I know so well, come to life in Segura's novels.
"Dangerous Ends" truly raises the bar for an author I have come to greatly appreciate. This, as well as "Silent City" and "Down the Darkest Street", should be considered must-reads for fans of crime fiction as well as my fellow Miami natives.
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