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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061091448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061091445
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g

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Another page turner in the John Deal mystery series! Aug. 8 2009
By Sherri L. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I last spoke to Mr. Les Standiford in the Autumn of 2008 at his annual writers conference on Hutchinson Island, he mentioned he hoped to write another entry in the John Deal mystery series soon, and it will behoove the vast mystery reading public if he does! As a fan who has read all of the books in the John Deal series, as well as historical nonfiction such as "Last Train to Paradise", "Meet You in Hell", and "The Man Who Invented Christmas", I agree with other reviewers that as a storyteller, Mr. Standiford writes books that you just can't put down.

Ignore the old and inaccurate Publisher's Weekly review of this title, and you'll find this entry in the series is packed with action and intrigue, laugh-out-loud humor, and suspicious characters with furtive motives but never a dull moment. As a flawed but brave and macho "detective", our hero manages to save the day, despite "help" from former crusty cop and tenant Vernon Driscoll and family problems, all while operating a successful commercial construction business. All of Standiford's books give the reader unique, well developed characters and a florid glimpse into both the contemporary and seedy life of Miami, Florida, mixed with a continuous helping of "on the edge danger" and a plot that grabs the reader and commands attention, making each book a "must read" page turner. Whether you love to read a riveting mystery or want to learn how to write one, buy several of Standiford's mysteries and get free shipping from Amazon - now that's a "Book Deal"!
Richly Textured Action Loaded Thriller July 3 2014
By carl brookins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Author Standiford has created an interesting and somewhat unusual protagonist in John Deal, an independent contractor who's struggling to make a go of it in south Florida. He's married to Janice, a terrific, sensual, woman. The sex is good, business is good, life is good. Unfortunately, dangerous, murderous forces are at work, forces that soon draw Deal inexorably into a situation not of his making. It is a situation from which he is unable to extricate himself without serious damage, except by solving a tangled series of dreams, corruptions, and wending his careful way through greed-spawned violence.

Standiford has dealt us a rich novel, laying on the broad canvas of this book many layers of color and of texture. Weather, people, events, politics, all mesh to drive this violent, explicit, action-filled thriller to a most satisfying conclusion.
Entertaining May 28 2013
By Nanlee Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Les Standiford to have made a believeable character. There is humor as well as good
story lines. These are not heavy books but a great book to just read and enjoy and learn a
little about Florida
I like series and this is a good one. John Deal is more antihero because he never seeks trouble or acts heroically. he just seem March 10 2015
By Plainville - Published on Amazon.com
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Other characters are pretty much one-dimensional. John Deal knows a lot of rough people. Southern Florida must be full of them.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
NONSTOP ACTION!!!!! Oct. 8 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Standiford paints a beautiful picture of the South Fl. streets, and tells a great story with many great characters

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