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    Free Unlimited eBook from the mob after one of the most royally screwed up jewel heists in Florida history, Gino s a man in need of a fall guy Which is where Joey comes inSuddenly, everyone s after Joey including the ruthless Miami don who wants his three million worth of uncut emeralds and who just dispatched his goons to deliver Joey a one way ticket out Now Joey s where he always wanted to be in the big time All he has to do is find out where the stones are stashed And for an unikely hero out to make a killing, this could be Paradise if he lives long enough."/>
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Florida Straits
  • Laurence Shames
  • English
  • 16 July 2017
  • 0440215110

10 thoughts on “Florida Straits

  1. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Witty and thrilling, Florida Straits features the perfect mix of adventure, crime and comedy to create an intriguing story, but what really brings it to life is the setting of Florida itself Shames is excellent at portraying this bright and beautiful place and also at capturing the underlying corruption and darkness and giving readers a good contrast between the two Many of the characters follow common tropes, but they re instantly memorable and consistent Following New York couple Joey and S Witty and thrilling, Florida Straits features the perfect mix of adventure, crime and comedy to create an intriguing story, but what really brings it to life is the setting of Florida itself Shames is excellent at portraying this bright and beautiful place and also at capturing the underlying corruption and darkness and giving readers a good contrast between the two Many of the characters follow common tropes, but they re instantly memorable and consistent Following New York couple Joey and Sandra as they take off for what s supposed to be paradise, things get really quirky and weird, but also ultimately fun and original As if getting tied up with the mafia isn t weird and confusing enough The dialogue is as well written as it is funny, and rather than try to heighten the drama, Florida Straits simply tries to be itself, a fairly simple story with timeless elements and spot on imagery of Florida s scenery and culture


  2. James Brigham James Brigham says:

    This was my second read through of the book and I forgot what snappy dialogue it had Originally I was planning to ditch it after finishing again but I m inspired to keep it as lesson on how to give characters distinct voices I also really liked how well realized Key West is as a place The sights, sounds, and colors emerge from the page and it made me long to go there.This is a very laid back book The twists in the story aren t going to blow your mind but it sbelievable as a result As This was my second read through of the book and I forgot what snappy dialogue it had Originally I was planning to ditch it after finishing again but I m inspired to keep it as lesson on how to give characters distinct voices I also really liked how well realized Key West is as a place The sights, sounds, and colors emerge from the page and it made me long to go there.This is a very laid back book The twists in the story aren t going to blow your mind but it sbelievable as a result As far as light Floridian crime farces go, I liked Florida Straitsthan Barry s Big Trouble or Hiaasen s Sick Puppy


  3. James James says:

    I normally don t read beach books , but I found this one surprisingly entertaining I also haven t been to Key West, a place that I wouldn t mind visiting now It s just a breezy, enjoyable book with interesting characters that doesn t make you think too hard Sometimes you just need those.


  4. Dorian Box Dorian Box says:

    Wacky Florida fiction is now an established genre My book, Psycho Tropics, often gets put in this category, but it s much darker Florida Straits shows why Mr Shames is one of the true icons of the genre A failed mobster, Joey Goldman, flees New York for Key West, in search of a new life Well, first he tries recreating his old life, attempting to pull off old school mobster money making schemes that hilariously flop in his new laidback environs, inhabited by wacky characters like his lan Wacky Florida fiction is now an established genre My book, Psycho Tropics, often gets put in this category, but it s much darker Florida Straits shows why Mr Shames is one of the true icons of the genre A failed mobster, Joey Goldman, flees New York for Key West, in search of a new life Well, first he tries recreating his old life, attempting to pull off old school mobster money making schemes that hilariously flop in his new laidback environs, inhabited by wacky characters like his landlord who spends every day naked in the pool reading a book and sucking down beers Lost in culture shock and sinking quickly, Joey latches onto a mundane job luring tourists to a timeshare project and a piece of advice from retired mobster Bert the Shirt that, down here, wealth comes out of the water Shames does such a masterful job describing Key West that you can almost smell the saltwater and feel the ocean breeze in your face In a satisfying ending, Joey finally proves his worthiness to himself, his double crossing half brother, and their Mafia Don father This book is the very definition of a great beach read


  5. Dobby0390 Dobby0390 says:

    Joey Goldman s momma was a Jewish beautician at a mortuary His papa is a very powerful capo in a well established but not talked about business who also happens to have a very proper Sicilian wife and legitimate son, heir to the, um, business Joey grows up in that half world of illegitimacy, never quite fitting in It doesn t help that Joey isn t the brightest bulb in the pack, with no real knack for the, um, family business So he decides to leave New York and go to Key West, Florida, where t Joey Goldman s momma was a Jewish beautician at a mortuary His papa is a very powerful capo in a well established but not talked about business who also happens to have a very proper Sicilian wife and legitimate son, heir to the, um, business Joey grows up in that half world of illegitimacy, never quite fitting in It doesn t help that Joey isn t the brightest bulb in the pack, with no real knack for the, um, family business So he decides to leave New York and go to Key West, Florida, where the only shadow he ll be living under is a palm tree and not that of his Neanderthal half brother, Gino Joey figures he ll set up his own little corner of Da Business, become wildly successful overnight, and impress everyone back in New York who figured him for a failure.What could possibly go wrong You can t help but like Joey He s such a bumbling loser, sure, but he s so darned sincere in his dreams delusions of grandeur The dialogue is fabulous, the scenes so well described that you can smell the salt air and othereye watering aromas and hear the gulls screeching The characters are so real they make you scoot over in your chair so they can read over your shoulder and provide their own running commentary Some of them are kinda scary, so you just let them, even though reading over your shoulder and running commentaries are a couple of your biggest pet peeves Hey It s life in Key West Don t sweat the small stuff You ll live longer


  6. Jeff Yoak Jeff Yoak says:

    This was a great revisit I had forgotten how amazingly Shames captures the time and place The characters are amazing I m looking forward to the other Novels.


  7. Lenny Lenny says:

    This was an amazing book in my opinion My current passion is Florida Books and Authors and Laurence Shames has made it to my top 5 authors.


  8. Thomas Todd Thomas Todd says:

    Once again I wish reviewers had a half star option when rating books as this book really isn t 3 stars but not quite 4 stars either it s a decent 3 1 2 star book.


  9. MundiNova MundiNova says:

    Story 3 starsCharacter Development 2 starsProse Language 2 starsWhen things went badly, it made sitting near water with a cocktail seem absolutely heavenly, saner than any possible action This book was weak in the one area it should have been strong story What should have been a fun beach read, this story was slow Very slow Too many descriptions of dinners by the pool Too many boring descriptions of working a strait job Too many descriptions of things that played no part in the stor Story 3 starsCharacter Development 2 starsProse Language 2 starsWhen things went badly, it made sitting near water with a cocktail seem absolutely heavenly, saner than any possible action This book was weak in the one area it should have been strong story What should have been a fun beach read, this story was slow Very slow Too many descriptions of dinners by the pool Too many boring descriptions of working a strait job Too many descriptions of things that played no part in the story or character development Nothing really happens to any of the characters until half way through the book anything of interest is told via gossip It could have benefited from being a short story or a novella, not a full length book Also, the end wrapped up a little too clean and I didn t really believe mobsters personalities would change so drastically in so little time Now, I m not expecting award winning prose from this type of book, but damn was it wordy Every character description was one, very long paragraph which completely killed the pacing of the story I started skipping these paragraphs because I don t care about the exact fabric, color, piping, and monograming on Bert s shirt every time he enters the room The only take away is the setting Shames knows Key West so well he was able to capture a still life of such an odd place and people This is my only take away, a future vacation


  10. Jason Pyrz Jason Pyrz says:

    This book took a while to get going I wasn t really enjoying it until about 1 3 of the way through, and then I couldn t put it down Perhaps it was the fact that all the dialogue is written in the dialect of the stereotypical Brooklyn mafioso, or that the characters are mostly a bit one dimensional and not all that likable early on Maybe that s the beauty of Shames s writing that the main characters really start to open up and grow on you once circumstances and scenery start to change When This book took a while to get going I wasn t really enjoying it until about 1 3 of the way through, and then I couldn t put it down Perhaps it was the fact that all the dialogue is written in the dialect of the stereotypical Brooklyn mafioso, or that the characters are mostly a bit one dimensional and not all that likable early on Maybe that s the beauty of Shames s writing that the main characters really start to open up and grow on you once circumstances and scenery start to change When that happens, the dialog becomes less distracting, this book became thoroughly enjoyable I m glad there are so many in this series, and I m hoping they continue in the same vein as this first book


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Florida Straits[Download] ➶ Florida Straits ✤ Laurence Shames – Thomashillier.co.uk Joey Goldman s flying south for the winter The second string New York wiseguy just packed up his faithful girlfriend Sandra and took off for Key West land of sun, surf and sleaze where a small time hu Joey Goldman s flying south for the winter The second string New York wiseguy just packed up his faithful girlfriend Sandra and took off for Key West land of sun, surf and sleaze where a small time hustler in search of a racket can score the big one If he can find it Enter Joey s half brother Gino On the lam from the mob after one of the most royally screwed up jewel heists in Florida history, Gino s a man in need of a fall guy Which is where Joey comes inSuddenly, everyone s after Joey including the ruthless Miami don who wants his three million worth of uncut emeralds and who just dispatched his goons to deliver Joey a one way ticket out Now Joey s where he always wanted to be in the big time All he has to do is find out where the stones are stashed And for an unikely hero out to make a killing, this could be Paradise if he lives long enough.


About the Author: Laurence Shames

Laurence Shames has been a New York City taxi driver, lounge singer, furniture mover, lifeguard, dishwasher, gym teacher, and shoe salesman Having failed to distinguish himself in any of those professions, he turned to writing full time in and has not done an honest day s work sinceHis basic laziness notwithstanding, Shames has publishedthan twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles and essays Best known for his critically acclaimed series of Key West Capers titles and counting he has also authored non fiction and enjoyed considerable though largely secret success as a collaborator and ghostwriter Shames has penned four New York Times bestsellers These have appeared on four different lists, under four different names, none of them his own This might be a recordBorn in Newark, New Jersey in , to chain smoking parents of modest means but flamboyant emotions, Shames did not know Philip Roth, Paul Simon, Queen Latifa, Shaquille O Neal, or any of the other really cool people who have come from his hometown He graduated summa cum laude from NYU in and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa As a side note, both his alma mater and honorary society have been extraordinarily adept at tracking his many address changes through the decades, in spite of the fact that he s never sent them one red cent, and never willIt was on an Italian beach in the summer of that Shames first heard the sacred call of the writer s vocation Lonely and poor, hungry and thirsty, he d wandered into a seaside trattoria, where he noticed a couple tucking into a big platter of fritto misto The man was nothing much to look at but the woman was really beautiful She was perfectly tan and had a very fine gauge gold chain looped around her bare tummy The couple was sharing a liter of white wine condensation beaded the carafe Eye contact was made the couple turned out to be Americans The man wiped olive oil from his rather sensual lips and introduced himself as a writer Shames knew in that moment that he would be one tooHe began writing stories and longer things he thought of as novels He couldn t sell themBy he d somehow become a journalist and was soon publishing in top shelf magazines like Playboy, Outside, Saturday Review, and Vanity Fair This transition entailed some lucky breaks, but is not as vivid a tale as the fritto misto bit, so we ll just sort of gloss over it In , Shames was named Ethics columnist of Esquire, and also made a contributing editor to that magazineBy he was writing non fiction books The critical, if not the commercial, success of these first established Shames credentials as a collaborator ghostwriter His national bestseller, Boss of Bosses, written with two FBI agents, got him thinking about the Mafia It also bought him a ticket out of New York and a sweet little house in Key West, where he finally got back to Plan A writing novels Given his then current preoccupations, the novels naturally featured palm trees, high humidity, dogs in sunglasses, and New York mobsters blundering through a town where people were too laid back to be afraid of them But this part of the story is best told with reference to the books themselves, so please spend some time and explore them.