Killing Me Softly : Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries

  • by John Leslie
  • Narrated by David A. Wood
  • Series: Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Between the gentle trade winds and the thriving tourist trade, the year-round summer days and the languid nights, the living is easy in Key West. That's just the way P.I. Gideon Lowry likes it.
These days, when he's not bird-dogging AWOL witnesses for the state attorney's office, Gideon's at the keyboard, giving them Gershwin and Porter to chase away the blues and help chase down the booze.
That's where Virginia Murphy finds him. Shrouded in somber white, she's come back to Key West to lay a real ghost to rest - by finding out who murdered her sister, Lila, nearly 40 years before.
For Gideon, it's a gig that leads him down the darker side of memory lane - where haunting snatches of his own past, like the timeless melodies he plays, linger on. Secrets linger there, too. But they're buried as deeply as the paradise that was Florida's landscape, now entombed beneath the concrete of Bayard Cement. That ubiquitous family business - and the wealthy, influential clan behind it - are a wall that Gideon slams up against harder and harder as he investigates his hometown's hidden history.
That's when Gideon takes the pledge - to unlock the shocking truth that Key West has concealed too long beneath its sunny, sultry surface, and to face a killer's music and dance.

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Noir storytelling in a modern setting

I liked this story because it made me nostalgic for the hard boiled detective stories that I used to love reading growing up. Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, et al. And the narrator, David A. Wood, read with the same style as Bogart did in his voice overs of the black and white movies that make me equally nostalgic. Other reviewers that may have thought the narrator sounded bored may not be old enough to understand that hard boiled detectives have that world-weary ennui that often plagues detectives who have just seen too much of human nature's dark side. It's what makes them hard boiled, for gosh sakes! It's what makes the genre great.

Although I was provided this copy by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review, I became an instant fan of this series and plan to pursue more by John Leslie. This story was as familial and complex as noirish story like Chinatown. It seemed straightforward at first, but it got deeper and more complicated as the story unfolded.

If you're a fan of old school detective fiction, you will love this. If you wouldn't know a hard boiled detective from a hard boiled egg, then I suggest you try another genre.
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- Dominique

OK, not great

I'm having a tough time deciding where to begin a review of this book. Normally, I'd try to say something nice, so here goes: the supporting characters were an interesting lot (too bad two of them are killed off). Gideon himself, not so much.

Yeah, he's sentimental, and loyal, but I found him tedious and annoying for the most part, lurching from scene to scene until the cold case is resolved. The sub-theme of his coming to terms with his alcoholism struck me as clunky; then again, I wasn't all that invested in the girlfriend helping him with it either. By the end, I was feeling some sympathy for the villainous (according to Gideon) Bayard clan, whom he was pursuing (harassing).

The Key West setting seemed tacked on to me, could've been Hilton Head or Padre Island in the "old" days almost as well. Moreover, by the 1990's the place had become a gay mecca, yet that's barely indicated at all, aside from a death at a lesbian guesthouse and a remark early on that Gideon's family home was now a gay male one.

One item I found irritating about the narration were mentions of a "conch" accent, yet to me no one of all those locals ("our" people) had one. Gideon's brother, frankly, sounded more like he was from Illinois. Otherwise, for much of the story I felt the narrator wasn't doing enough to carry the story, until deciding that he did about the best he could with the underlying material.

Not particularly recommended.

(Review copy was provided for my honest opinion)
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- John S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2017
  • Publisher: John Leslie