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Sunburn

by Laurence Shames

Published 1995 by Hyperion Books     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780786860685

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When Vincente Delgatto - an aging Mafia godfather - decides to spend some time in Key West with his half-Jewish bastard son Joey Goldman (who is decidedly not in the family business), he thinks that the worst that can happen is he'll get a little too much sun. After all, the only thing he wants is peace and quiet, and some time to recover from the recent loss of his sainted wife. But then Joey introduces the old man to his pal Arty Magnus, a local reporter who has had his fill of covering what passes for crime in this funky community of tourists and refugees. Together, they cook up the idea of collaborating on the godfather's memoirs: the last word on the decline and fall of the mob. But it's not so easy. Just as Arty gets the old man to open up, others hope to shut him down. Word leaks out that the godfather is talking, and all have their own reasons for wanting him stopped - from the FBI to the New York mob to Vincente's own legitimate son Gino, who can't just stand by and watch his family business being given away. But does anyone dare target the godfather? Or do they target the godfather's ghostwriter?

 

 

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law

by Ann B Ross

Published 2015 by Viking     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780525427094

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It's up to Miss Julia to sort out the murder of a hoity-toity newcomer in the latest addition to the New York Times bestselling series. Look out for the newest in the series, Miss Julia Raises the Roof, coming from Viking in April 2018.

Miss Julia fans both new and old will be especially keen to get their hands on the sixteenth in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, guaranteed to be the steel magnolia's most exciting adventure yet.

It's November and Miss Julia is looking forward to some quiet time before the holidays. That is until snobby Connie Clayborn and her rich husband move to town. At first, Miss Julia and the other ladies are pleased to be invited over for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she? Days later, Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives, Connie is lying on the kitchen floor--lifeless in a pool of blood. Who could have done this? Miss Julia will need to find out fast--particularly because her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene. . . .

 

 

Takedown Twenty

by Janet Evanovich

Published 2014 by Bantam     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780345542892

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Powerhouse author Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels are "as entertaining as ever" (Entertainment Weekly), "brilliantly evocative" (The Denver Post), and "making trouble and winning hearts" (USA Today).

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn't take him down, he may take her out.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore "Uncle Sunny" Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in--not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because--just Stephanie's luck--the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It's not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client's mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she's working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose--and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

 

 

Mango Opera

by Tom Corcoran

Published 1998 by Thomas Dunne Books     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780312186289

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Already praised by Key West bookseller, Tom Corcoran's debut mystery brings to life the beauty and mystery of Key West, Florida

Alex Rutledge, freelance and part-time crime site photographer awakens to a knock at his Key West door. His estranged girlfriend must move back in -- her new roomate has been murdered. Stranger yet is the striking resemblance the victim bears to Alex's girlfriend. Coincidence? Maybe at first, but as Alex gets more involved in the investigation a series of attacks -- an attempted kidnapping, a car-bomb, and two other brutal murders -- he realizes that he must delve deep into the dark secrets of Key West.

 

 

Bad Monkey

by Carl Hiaasen

Published 2013 by Knopf Publishing Group     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780307272591

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Andrew Yancy late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff s office has a human arm in his freezer. There s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first this being Hiaasen country Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy s new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen s greatest characters.
Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what s left of pristine Florida now, of the Bahamas as well get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

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Pest Control

by Bill Fitzhugh

Published 1997 by Avon Books     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780380973484

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All Bob Dillon ever really wanted was a truck of his own with a fiberglass bug on top. He's a down-on-his luck exterminator from Queens who just can't seem to get a break. After losing his job as a pest control expert, he pursues his longtime dream of owning an environmentally friendly service. The flier for his new business reads: Professional Exterminator - Bonded! Fifteen Years Field Experience! Gone Private With Lethal New Concept! No Pest Left Alive! Meanwhile, Marcel in Paris is desperately in need of an assassin for a million dollar hit. When one of Bob's fliers falls into his hands, he thinks he's found his man. He approaches Bob, who unknowingly accepts, and what happens next is a hysterical comedy of errors. Soon all the greatest international assassins are in pursuit of Bob, their mysterious new competitor. Now Bob is running for his life through the wormiest sections of the Big Apple - one step ahead of a Bolivian terminator, a killer cowboy, meat-headed CIA agents, a homicidal transvestite dwarf, cabbies packing serious heat...and the world's best assassin, a soft-hearted executioner named Klaus, who may just turn out to be the best friend he's got.

 

 

Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse

by Robert Rankin

Published 2010 by Gollancz     Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780575085435

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A hilarious comic fantasy from the bestselling cult creator of the Brentford Triangle Trilogy

Once upon a time Jack set out to find his fortune in the big city. But the big city is Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town, and it has grown considerably since the good old days and isn't all that jolly any more. And there is a serial killer loose on the streets. The old, rich nursery rhyme characters are being slaughtered one by one and the Toy City police are getting nowhere in their investigations. Meanwhile, Private Eye Bill Winkie has gone missing, leaving behind his sidekick Eddie Bear to take care of things.

Eddie may be a battered teddy with an identity crisis, but someone's got to stop the killer. When he teams up with Jack, the two are ready for the challenge. Not to mention the heavy drinking, bad behaviour, car chases, gratuitous sex and violence, toy fetishism and all-round grossness along the way. It's going to be an epic adventure!