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Man-Slaughter: Key West Nocturnes Series Paperback – May 2, 2012
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Once again, Mike Dennis masters your mind!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Teddy is on the run again & this book does not disappoint. Exposing a side of Key West that tourists don't see, Mr Dennis is masterful in his story telling. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by L. Lindell
I really liked this. OK it's not one for the Oprah book club.. what it is a fine noir movie in your head. Kudos to this author for loving the art form. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Robert
Recently discovered Mike Dennis through E Reader News. I lived in Key West for a few years, and the stories bring back fond memories of the local color. An enjoyable read.Published on July 18, 2012 by Flooziecop
YES! I liked this story a lot. It flowed quite well and was interesting. The characters were well displayed to me. I loved the ending.Published on July 9, 2012 by TOB9595