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Book 3 of 3 in the Key West Nocturnes Series

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After thirty years as a professional musician (piano), Mike Dennis left Key West  and moved to Las Vegas in 2006 to become a professional poker player. He turned to writing when his first novel, The Take, was picked up by a publisher in 2009.
 
His next book, Setup On Front Street, was the first of a series of Key West Nocturnes, standalone noir novels. These books will lift the veil on Key West and reveal it as a true noir city, on a par with Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Miami. The Ghosts Of Havana is the second book in that set. The third, Man-Slaughter, is now available, and the fourth, The Guns Of Miami, will be coming in 2013.
 
Mike has also introduced the Jack Barnett/Las Vegas series, about a reluctant ex-private investigator living in Sin City, USA. The first entry in that series, a novelette called Temptation Town, is now available. The second installment, Hard Cash, also a novelette, is currently available, as is the third entry, a full novel called The Downtown Deal.
 
Mike also has a collection of short stories, Bloodstains On The Wall. In addition, his stories have been published in A Twist Of Noir, Mysterical e, Powder Burn Flash, Slow Trains, and The Wizards Of Words 2009 Anthology.
 
In addition, Mike has an experimental rockabilly novel called Cadillac's Comin', a hard tale of a one-hit wonder who recorded for Sun Records in the chaotic early days of rock & roll.
 
In December, 2010, Mike moved back to Key West, where he enjoys year-round island living with his wife Yleana, whom he married on a warm December night in 2012 on the rooftop of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba.
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Product Details

  • Series: Key West Nocturnes
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475074727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475074727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,429,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Man, this guy just seems to hit the ball out of the park with his "Key West Nocturnes Series". This book grabs you like a bulldog and hangs on until there is nothing left. A fast paced thriller with a believable plot, excellent character building and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, I recommend this book wholeheartedly. If not for a few errors and omissions, it would be a five star read but as it stands, I give it a solid 4 1/2 stars.
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Mike Dennis is as tough as the characters he writes about. He's currently doing a little jail time to prove it. A former piano player and professional gambler, he writes about a side of Key West the tourists don't see. His books series offers fun-to-read tales about people tiptoeing at the edge of the law -- and sometimes crossing over the line. He also has a great short story in the new collection of Key West mystery writers called "Murder In Key West." Check it out.
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Teddy Myles is on the run, from the law and his partners in crime. He’s just stolen $700,000 and killed a man. To escape the country he needs a new identity. There’s a man in Key West who can help him, but it’ll take three weeks to be ready. Teddy happens across local girl Gail who’s soon getting him involved in trouble he doesn’t want or need. And there’s a hurricane coming…

Man-Slaughter is a decent story and a real page-turner. The opening scene, where Teddy boosts a car taking the money from a robbery and leaving behind a corpse is strong and creates interest. That his two other partners in crime, Sam and Rosalie, are trying to track him down to get their money back also helps the tension. The sense of place is very good, Key West in particular and the ancillary characters present.

What let the story down slightly for me was the introduction of the other two key players. Teddy meets Skip almost immediately when he stops to eat. He manipulates Teddy into a lift down to Key West. I wasn’t sure I saw the point of Skip and seemingly neither does the author given the fashion in which he exits. He’s almost there for the sake of it and I wonder whether the story would be any less without him.

Then there’s Gail. Teddy meets her outside a garage where he’s trying to get the stolen car repaired. Next thing Teddy is driving her around town, going to the club she works in and eventually is embroiled against his will in another robbery. The element that puzzled me was that Teddy has a very large sum of money in his possession, yes the author creates a situation whereby Teddy is waiting for some fake ID to be created which takes three weeks (and is the reason he goes to Key West), yes he starts to like Gail, but I didn’t feel this was sufficiently compelling vs.
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This is a definite "flip the device page" kind of story...then again...it moves so fast I had to put it down to take a breath. Slick writing. I could feel and see the sweat running down the characters' backs and really feel myself driving down the highways and streets. He can put you into the story. On this one, among all the twists and turns, murders and betrayals, you will see a romantic side of the author come through. I see a TV series.
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Another total immersion in Mike Dennis' characters. You inhale his words and you can feel the characters evolve inside your head. Anything that happens in the mystery... and believe me, _ _ it happens... makes you think you are there on the Street in Key West, sneaking down that dark alley with them.
Once again, Mike Dennis masters your mind!

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I've read a few of Mike Dennis' books and have not been disappointed in the least. This book seemed to be about the "average Joe" that gets caught up in circumstances way over his head. With each character I could visualize what they looked like and even street scenes and interiors were developed to the point that you felt like you were sitting in and watching this book play out. These are normal people, not the beautiful ones. The ending was one that I felt closure and didn't have to go "huh?" as I normally do. Well done......
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