Straits of Fortune
by Anthony Gagliano
Review by Ernest Lilley
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060878092
Date: 01 June 2007 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
An ex-cop who thought he'd retire early after a friendly fire incident shook his confidence, Jack Vaughn thought he could escape himself by living an indulgent life as a personal trainer and beach bum in Miami. Sorry, Jack, but some people are born to find find trouble wherever they go, and the only real question is what you do with it when it comes knocking. A great debut novel, with strong overtones of Chandler and Hammett and the evolving voice of a writer to keep under close surveillance. From official release/information:
Book Description: Written in the classic noir tradition of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, Straits of Fortune is a fast-paced and sometimes deadly adventure set in America's sexiest city.
Ex-cop Jack Vaughn, the best thing to happen to crime fiction since Chandler's Philip Marlowe hung up his holster, moved from the gritty streets of New York to Miami to work as a personal trainer. The sun, sand, and tanned bodies of Miami are a welcome distraction from the haunting memory of another cop's death in New York. But when he becomes involved with millionaire businessman Colonel Patterson, he realizes his newfound peace is short-lived.
The Colonel offers Jack a hundred grand to do a seemingly simple favor. But getting involved with the Colonel also means getting involved with his daughter, the exotic wild child Vivian, who once broke Jack's heart. Jack had sworn to forget her, but this memorable cast of characters lures him back into their double-dealing circle.
The deeper he gets, the more Jack finds himself entangled in an ever-expanding web of lies, lust, and violence. A dark, hard-boiled look at the dangerous underbelly of glamorous Miami, Straits of Fortune is an unforgettable debut novel.
(Source: William Morrow)