Laurence Shames’ funny, elegantly written, and hip thrillers have topped best-seller lists across the country, and earned him a leading role as a writer of ´´Florida noir” with Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. When Island Frigate advertising rep Suki Sperakis decides to write an exposé on the Key West black market, she is strangled and left for dead in the trunk of a car sinking slowly into the Gulf of Mexico. Soon her only chance at survival rests on the senile Sam Katz and octogenarian ex-mobster Bert the Shirt who must infiltrate the Russian Mafia posing as a gay couple from New York. Will Bert and Sam succeed, or is Suki doomed to once again sleep with the fishes? Richard Ferrone brings every character to life—from the cigar-smoking Island Frigate editor to a man named Pineapple who lives in a fiberglass hotdog—to help make Mangrove Squeeze one of Shames’ sharpest, tangiest, and most engaging audiobooks to date. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Ferrone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/005472/bk_reco_005472_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shames is back with another madcap tale of love, offbeat intrigue, and murder in the Florida Keys. When Suki Serakis came to Key West, she had one idea in mind and ended up, like most who reside there, doing something completely different. Now she´s tired of selling ad space for the second rate newspaper, Island Frigate and being hounded by the Russian immigrant playboy Lazlo Kalyanin. Then she meets newcomer Aaron Katz, who moved from New York to Florida to run a bed and breakfast and make a nice, simple life. But, the realities of household repairs and Suki´s advances are making him rethink his move. Then, Suki misses a date and vanishes, Lazlo is found with his throat cut, and Aaron and the story take off into the mangroves to find love and some truth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Hunter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000124/bk_aren_000124_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Laurence Shames has attracted enthusiastic fans with his Key West novels, which include Florida Straits, Mangrove Squeeze, Scavenger Reef, and Sunburn. Each of these books is a hilarious mixture of zany crimes and offbeat characters. Welcome to Paradise is his best yet. When Al Marracotta, Mafia boss, takes a week’s vacation in Key West, he looks forward to days of sun, sex, and seafood. Alan Tuschman, New Jersey furniture salesman, is a reluctant tourist. He has won a week in Key West for his sales record. But they have something in common: vanity license plates that read BIG AL. So when two goons are sent to ruin Big Al’s vacation, it’s not long before they target the wrong guy. Between the frustrated henchmen and the baffled Als, each chapter grows loonier than the last. And with the addition of a romantic wild card, the winsome Katy Sansone, the tough guys’ schemes are tempered by more tender scenes. Narrator Ron McLarty’s fine performance keeps the action moving at a brisk clip. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron McLarty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/004633/bk_reco_004633_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Popular crime novelist Laurence Shames consistently draws favorable comparisons to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. In his Key West tales, Shames paints vivid, hilarious portraits of the sun-splashed ´´paradise´´ he calls home. The retired Pete Amsterdam isn´t really a private investigator. But he has a license, a gun, and a listing in the phone book - all so he can write-off his wine cellar as an ´´office.´´ While soaking in his hot tub and rethinking his earlier tennis match, the inevitable blonde in distress comes calling, and Pete is reluctantly pulled into his first case. Feeling trapped by the conventions of detective stories, Pete stumbles his way through the Key West crime scene, hardly realizing the danger he´s in. The Naked Detective is vintage Shames - full of the biting wit, absurd scenarios, and quirky characters that recall his earlier works, such as Scavenger Reef and Mangrove Squeeze. Ron McLarty´s narration captures the off-beat, colorful island and its inhabitants and brings them fully to life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron McLarty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/005322/bk_reco_005322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.