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Miami Beat: A Jose Castillo Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – April 16, 2012
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About the Author
Much like his wise-cracking, fictional private eye, Jose Castillo, Jorge Goyanes also owns a car repair shop, enjoys a good cigar and relies on the common sense of the love of his life, Kat. When he isn't writing about Jose's latest adventure or behind the counter at Car Clinic, he can be found on the greens of his local golf course or writing his political column for Arketipo 187 Magazine (arketipo187.com). For more information visit jorgegoyanes.com.
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Well done Jorge Goyanes.
This is a good old fashioned 'detective novel'. A story about a a private investigator and a couple 'days in the life'. It's character driven. No flashy last minute save the world, stop the asteroid or hokey techno babble. No fancy undercover, special forces only skills or knowledge. The author has an extensive knowledge of automobiles, but he doesn't bore or overwhelm the reader showing off his knowledge. It's a story that can easily be read by anyone; whether they know Miami or not. The characters are strong. The locales are intersting. The pace is fast. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down until your done.
By the end of the story you already feel you know the characters and want to know more.
If you like supporting new writers, meeting new characters and want to get a brief visit to South Florida, take Miami Beat for a ride. You'll be glad you did.
I really enjoyed the banter between characters, and it felt like real conversations you'd expect. The author doesn't shy away from using seemingly derogatory words for his own people, and other people, which adds to the believablity of the story. Jose and Nate's conversations were my favorite, as well as the reaction of the patrons who probably never heard such talk (without worry of a race war). Jose was witty, and he liked to push the envelope.
The author included real locations, some places most people would not probably recognize had they not been to the area. Add to the mix a little bit of Spanish, and a little bit of Cuban bread and it had me longing to return to Miami (man... there are these cheese pastries we always get there that are to die for, and Abuela used to always take us to the flea market. Grandparents, they love their flea markets).
The story wrapped up a little quickly at the end, which I respect the author for, (no long, painful, drawn out conclusion). I suspected the mastermind behind the crime but only towards the end, and I like the fact that not only is it left open for additional stories, more cases for the great Jose to solve. The story left things wrapped up neatly, and I wonder what will become of Jose Castillo. I'm also interested to see what will happen now that Lesson is without a boss to think for him.
What this story doesn't have is any padding. It's short, sweet, and very well paced. As the author's first effort, I say it's successful and a good harbinger of things to come.
Miami Beat is a totally different fiction genre than my usual reading, nevertheless quite worth the time and money. Highly recommended. Enjoy!