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Stephen King: Beach Writer?

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The best tropical fiction on earth sometimes arrives from unexpected directions, this time via the long renowned Master of Horror, Mr. Stephen King. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try a Stephen King novel but, frankly, found yourself a bit grossed out by the reputation, or have had the misfortune to stumble across one of the…

A Dude and His Seaplane

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In a world woefully short on two-fisted, contemplative, slightly neurotic tropical knights, John H. Cunningham’s character of Buck Reilly flies his seaplane (of course) out of Red Right Return just in time to provide the kind of fictional fix we’ll always pay good money to read. With Travis McGee gone from the stage, except for…

A Kinder, Gentler Florida Writer – Sort Of

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(MANGROVE SQUEEZE by LAURENCE SHAMES) For years I’ve been cursing the heavens and randomly shoving small children to the floor in the local grocery store’s cereal aisle, not because I’m a bad man, but because not a single one of Laurence Shames’s loosely related Key West books were available on Kindle. To those of us…

Taco Tom Keeps Rolling Along

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(THE QUICK ADIOS (TIMES SIX) by TOM CORCORAN) There are few people writing Florida-based novels today with more street cred than Tom Corcoran. The guy co-wrote songs (“Fins” and “Cuban Crime of Passion” for those Parrotheads who might be interested) with Jimmy Buffett back in the 1970s, and sold tacos on the street corner out…

Coked Up Stripper With a Heart of Coal

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(FLORIDA ROADKILL by TIM DORSEY) We can now trace the exact date that Carl Hiaasen become the reigning “old” master of Florida adventure writing, the safe, mainstream alternative to a new breed of even edgier, more over-the-top writer. It was August 1999 and that was when Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey hit the bookshelves. This…