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Free Range Institution: A Mick Murphy Key West Mystery Paperback – February 10, 2012
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Haskins's second Mick Murphy Key West mystery (after 2008's Chasin' the Wind) offers more gunfights than developed characters. On their way to a romantic lunch, journalist Murphy and his sometime girlfriend, attorney Tita Toledo, see Murphy's waterfront friend, Jay Bruehl, fall to his death from the roof of six-story Hotel Key West. Bruehl, a snitch, had tipped Murphy off about a big drug deal—and Hotel Key West was the site for a meeting of some Colombian traffickers. When Rebecca Connelly, an undercover cop who infiltrated the traffickers' meeting, goes missing, a Guatemalan priest, Thomas Collins, insists that angels have told him where to find Connelly. After Connelly turns up dead in the exact spot the padre named, both he and Murphy come under official scrutiny. Readers should be prepared for a stock plot with de rigueur corrupt officials and brushes with death. (Feb.)
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Mick Murphy, the newshawk hero of Haskins’ latest Key West mystery, makes a classic reporter goof. He pretends to be a little closer to the action than he really is. Both good and bad guys take him at his word, and the chase is on. At the heart of it all is a plot to bring a particularly cheap and addictive drug called paco into the U.S. As the good guys assemble behind Mick and check their guns, echoes of Miami Vice reverberate, with both its pastel glitz and its underlying despair. The cartels have more money and guns; the best the rest of us can do is hold together. Things get lively as the confrontation approaches, but this really isn’t a high-concept action novel or even a stripped-down thriller. It’s about adult relationships, and its generous use of the Key West setting will appeal to readers who like local color. Since it’s the Keys, a lot of beer and rum goes down, and there’s much eating of cheeseburgers, dolphin sandwiches, and breakfast eggs with hot sauce. --Don Crinklaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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You would think the author, having seen the claims that his book is full of typos, misspellings, & poor grammar, would care enough about his own product to edit his work & post an improved version. You would be wrong.
I've never been to Key West so I won't address the setting of the story but Mick & Tita are likable characters. The author gives good descriptions of his characters, you get a clear picture of them. The plot moved along, I'll allow the creative license that gives the protagonist be the driving force to the plot. These,2 rains are why I have the second star.
I won't be reading any more if these books; the characters aren't begging for my return so much that I'm willing to put up with the writing errors.
MY FAVORITE THING?!! (Besides the great stories in this series?!). They are long! I am so tired of downloading books that I can finish in a few hours, or that feel as if the story was cut short enough that you felt forced to get the next book in the series in order to 'finish' what you just read. THIS AUTHOR WRITES A REAL BOOK! He keeps it moving and evolving -- and by the time you are finished, you are completely satisfied. Totally worth the $$ and the time!
But overall, a decent read.
Hey, one other thing Michael:
If you are on a vessel at night and the running lights are viewed as red on the right and green on the left, you are obviously IN FRONT of that vessel!
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Really bad proof reading in this! Lots of misspelled words.