8 2005 Very entertaining Obviously written a while ago The scenes in Key West were from the past and fun to read about A good plot. Reviewers Nationwide Have Joined Such Writers As El Leonard, Tony Hillerman, And Stephen King In Praising Standiford S John Deal Novels But His New Deal May Be The Best One Yet On A Trip To Key West To Talk With A Wealthy Developer About A New Building Project, Deal Stops To Help A Young Black Man Who Is Being Rousted By Police On A Lonely Beach Road The Young Man Is Appreciative Which Makes It All The Shocking Two Days Later, When He Turns Up Dead What Happened The Police Won T Say The Locals Won T Talk An Old Girlfriend Appears, But Deal Can T Tell If She S There To Help Or Hinder Him References Keep Being Made To A Seventy Year Old Tale Of Piracy And Murder As If It Should Mean Something To Him All Deal Knows For Sure Is That The He Looks Into It All, The Layers He Finds, And The People Seem To Have Died And That, Unless He Can Get To The Bottom Of It Soon, The Next Death Just Might Be His Own Filled With Intense, Character Driven Action And Rich, Textured Prose, Bone Key Proves Again Why Standiford S Stories Are Some Of The Best Suspense Novels Out There Rocky Mountain News This is a series I have always enjoyed in the past but this particular entry was just so so I was disapointed that one of my favorite supporting characters did not appear on the page and the current day plot was not really that compelling though I did enjoy the sections on Key West s history. Listened to this one in the car We both enjoyed it, fast moving and suspenseful We both guessed wrong on the identity of the criminal dream sequences didn t make any sense as this was the first novel of his I read Kind of throws the reader off It picked up toward the end and the pieces got tied up into a neat little bow. 70 yrs after freighter goes down in FL Keys with 300 cs of Chateau Brian , single bottle sparks torture, piracy, murder Listened to this on a drive to Florida The various characters were well woven into the plot but I would rather not have some characters killed off. 3.5This was a fun read another one of those south Florida macho men solving mysteries down in the Keys kind of books For me, it was just long enough and had just enough going on to be a good book The author disclaimed at the beginning that he was going to take literary license with the layout of Key West, and he did I was glad he said that, otherwise I would have thought I d completely misremembered the island. Bone Key John Deal 7 by Les Standiford G.P Putnam s Sons 2002 Fiction Mystery Thriller John Deal tries to solve a mystery where a young black man was killed apparently while in police custody Nobody will help and Deal keeps hearing allusions to a seventy year old mystery and implications that he should know about it My rating 6 10, finished 2009.
Les Standiford is a historian and author and has since 1985 been the Director of the Florida International University Creative Writing Program Standiford has been awarded the Frank O Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of Ameri
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- Bone Key
- Les Standiford
- 13 May 2019 Les Standiford