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Man-Slaughter: Key West Nocturnes Series Paperback – May 2, 2012
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About the Author
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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This is a good, steady paced thriller. I like books that contain flawed characters and Teddy is just that - a low-level criminal who just wants to flee and get out of the life. Unfortunately when he gets to The Keys, he is posed with several challenges, the main one being Gail, a woman he runs into. There are shreds of romance intertwined in this thriller and he finds himself in the middle of her plans for a mega heist that will give them plenty of money to run away to the Cayman Islands for good, ridding him from the people chasing him and from a life of crime that he wants out of.
The ending was very shocking - I won't say what happened but it literally made my jaw drop. It takes a lot for a book to do that to me, especially since I never would've predicted what happened. Granted, not the most popular ending, it was pretty appropriate considering everything that had transpired.
I recommend this book - I might even go back and read the first two books to learn more about Teddy. He isn't a good man but he was still very entertaining to read about. A flawed character, not perfect in the least bit - a character I enjoy.
Once again, Mike Dennis masters your mind!
My favorite supporting actor; Rosalie, by far.