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Miami Manhunt Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,695,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William Siwicki on September 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Miami Manhunt" was published in July, and perhaps with good reason: It's a good "summer read." That old chestnut about being an ideal book to take to the beach because it's light and breezy proves true here. The story revolves around three friends, all gay men in their late 20s. Ray is a local newspaper journalist who has yet to find the ideal man. Ted is a local broadcast journalist working his way through the men of Miami. And Brian is a toyboy, a plaything kept by a rich publisher who spends most of his time out of town; the two are partners, but without the passion that once defined their relationship. Their stories all are about finding Mr. Right, and each character has a very different journey. The characters in "Miami Manhunt" are very well-drawn and believable. They really drive this novel. And their stories all are intriguing--until about 3/4 of the way into the book, that is, when things for everyone start coming together a little too neatly. But perhaps I was expecting something a little more realistic (the odds of the ways in which Ray and Ted meet their boyfriends are slim) from a book designed to be something else (which would be the aforementioned "summer read"). All together, this is a good book and a fun read, an excellent follow-up to the author's previous work, "Boston Boys Club."
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The author's second novel (after "Boston Boys Club") covers a subject that its target gay male readership can definitely identify with: the problem of looking for love, and knowing what it looks and feels like when you find it.

Ray Martinez is one of three late-twentysomething gay friends in Miami, who meet up every Friday night to update each other on their week, as well as check out the new faces and bodies, at Score, a popular nightspot. Ray is the movie critic for the Miami News, lives with his lively mutt Gigli (named for the particularly memorable - and not in a good way - JoLo/Afleck film he reviewed), and is somewhat jealous of his straight twin brother, Rasco, whom he feels he is more respected by his Cuban-American family, as well as due to the fact that he is soon to be married. Ted is a reporter and "lifestyle" show host on a local television station, and, although he enjoys the recognition and adoration that status brings to him, feels a bit intimidated by the buff beauties who make up the Miami gay singles scene, and longs to meet someone who will be attracted to who he is, rather that he does for a living. Then there's Brian, the only one of the trio who is technically "coupled", though at this stage his relationship with longtime partner Daniel is devoid of all semblances of romance ... or sex ... and they have an "understanding" that they are both free to have outside sexual daliances, though no more than once with the same person. That rule is in serious danger of being broken, ever since Daniel met the sexy and romantic Eros, who makes him realize how much he is missing in the relationship.
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Ok, I finished Miami Manhunt. OH MY GOD!!!!! This was an amazing read. I did not know how Johnny Diaz was going to out do himself after Boston Boys Club, but he did. I really loved all the characters, but really loved Ted and Ray. Brian and Eros, I felt I was left hanging somewhat, but that is just my view point.

I do not want to give too much away, but when Ray had the accident and does not fight for his boyfriend, I was at the point of tears, but was not happy either.

If you are on the fence, jump over and buy the book...You will not be sad.
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I read Johnny Diaz' other two books "Beantown Cubans" and "Boston Boys Club" and although they are all good, of the three I liked "Miami Manhunt" the most. The characters are young men experiencing what most of us go through with family, friends and lovers. This book is particularly good for commuters to work and also vacationers because each chapter is short and from the viewpoint of one of the characters and as such, you can read a section quite quickly. Ray, Ted and Brian have some very good and some not very good moments. If you are looking for a read that is deep and cerebral this is not the book for you. If you are looking for something light, humorous, fun, and easy on the mind then this IS the book for you. I am looking forward to the sequel (too much has been left dangling for there not to be one)....
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Johnny Diaz is a great author. I have read all his books published to date, and am waiting for the next! Very realistic characters, settings, and plots. Definitely something to add to your collection.
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