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Date of Publication: 1998
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Sunburn Audio, Cassette – May 14, 1998

4.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
Book 3 of 11 in the Key West Series

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When a hack reporter agrees to ghostwrite a mafioso's memoirs, he also makes some powerful enemies in Shames's comic Florida thriller.
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While Vincent Delgatto, head of the Pugliese family and leader of the New York City Mafia, is vacationing in Florida with his illegitimate son, he looks for something useful to do. Artie Magnus, newspaper editor, needs a project to get him out of a dead-end job. The two come together to collaborate on a book about Delgatto's life and philosophy. The fly in the ointment is Gino Delgatto, the godfather's legitimate son. Gino, a punk and troublemaker, breezes into Key West with a plan guaranteed to upset the balance of power between the ruling families of organized crime. Third-time novelist Shames (e.g., Scavenger Reef, S. & S., 1994) has a good ear for dialect and an even better sense for using a minimum of description to create real people and believable situations. Recommended for all fiction collections.
Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc. (May 14, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0788718827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788718823
  • ASIN: 073664167X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,425,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Evanovich writes an extraordinary successful series of funny crime stories starring Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter who happens to be a babe. While they should have universal appeal it seems that the publishers target them to women (..guys don't like buying pink covered books). However I can now say I found the male equivalent to Evanovich's novels: Laurence Shames novels. They are also funny, well-written stories with quirky yet likeable characters.
So what does Shames give us with 'Sunburn'? Beyond the formulaic breezy comedic crime novel with a Key West setting he delivers .. shock!.. some rather dramatic and moving stuff (, without taking it all too seriously). We have an aging crime figure who wants to dictate his life story to a sympathetic journalist. Unfortunately both the FBI and others within the Mafia have an unhealthy interest in what is being written, and an especially stupid son makes matters much, much worse. Without divulging spoilers, I simply want to say the author has structured and paced the novel beautifully. The last fifty pages are especially good, exciting.
Bottom line: much better than his introductory 'Florida Straits', 'Sunburn' has made me a fan of Laurence Shames.
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We fans have gone a long time since the last Bert the Shirt novel, but this one is worth the wait. Bert demonstrates amazing courage traveling into the dangerous world of the New York mafia on behalf of his friend Vincente, with only his little dog companion. The usual characters appeal, Art, the newspaperman, Joey, now a landlord, and Vicente's son Gino with his latest girlfriend. I particularly liked the ending.

I live in central Florida and enjoy visiting the Keys through reading. Most of the Shames novels are in our guest room; several guests have gone to Key West after reading one of the paperbacks. Mr. Shames should receive a reward from the tourist bureau.
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Another triumph in Laurence Shames' infinitely readable Key West series. This title is a must for fans of Shames' work, particularly those interested in reading the novels in chronological order. Shames' use of recurring characters brings to mind Kurt Vonnegut's quintessential Kilgore Trout and Eliot Rosewater. These returning characters are as welcome as old friends, even when they are of the less savory variety ( ie. Gino). Joey's father is the "Godfather" we all wish we had; Shames even gives a brief (albeit) unspecified shout out to Reuben the Cuban (one of the most likeable characters I have read in recent memory.)
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This series based in Key West is one of those that gets kept on the shelf at home for future re-reading. Lighthearted, witty, and extremely descriptively written, it creates lasting images of both scenery and people. Shames has hit it out of the park with Key West mysteries.
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always an enjoyable trip to the keys...love this author ...i have all his" florida keys" books and all are worth the time and money spent...i cant wait to read the next one....if you havent tried one of Laurence Shames books do yourself a favor and start reading them ,they are like chips you cant have just one....buy and enjoy i did...
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If you like to dive right into a book and be immersed in a great story, don't read this book. The only reason I am giving it 3 stars is by the end of the book I liked it, and the last half of it was interesting and fun.
I have only read one other of Shames books and really enjoyed it. Shot on Location was funny, had a great story and the setting took me away. These are the biggest reasons I love to read Florida mystery books such as this, the escape and the escapades of stereotypical crazy Florida people in a fun location location. Sunburn only hits one of those.

We are dropped into a seemingly normal family, until we learn that the aging father (Vincent) of that family is a mobster. He is visiting his son in Florida from New York, (or New Yahk as the book obnoxiously puts it every time a character speaks who lives there, along with every other typical New York City phrases) while he is there one of his sons (Joey) convinces to tell his stories through a ghost writer (Arty). His other son (Gino) is still very much involved in the business and also comes to Florida for a venture of his own. Neither the book or the 'other venture' goes as planned and by the end the FBI becomes involved as well as a slew of other gangsters (Pretty Boy and Bo are great characters), family friends and girlfriends. It all culminates with a very intense ending that I didn't really see coming, nor would have I suspected based on the tone of the book.

We do meet a few really great characters and read a fairly interesting story. For me I wish it was a little more fast paced in the beginning and some of the main characters a bit more developed, particularly Joey. I am not disappointed I read this and will read another Shames in the future. These books are quick reads and a good 'mind flush' between heavier and deeper books. I also appreciated the clever title by the end.
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This was a great read! I like this author's attitude and the way he writes. The stories are interesting and faced paced. I've read 3 other books by this author and have been thoroughly entertained.

This is what my fantasy is of Key West and the people who live there. I should visit this hot, humid blotch of earth!!
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