Even Ernest himself would probably have fled Key West's Hemingway Days celebration - a week of raucous tourists and swaggering Papa pretenders that send locals into hiding. Thus the low profile assumed by Gideon Lowry, playing his weekly piano gig at a quiet hotel, fighting his daily urge for a drink. That's where Asia - just Asia, like Madonna - finds him. Beret-clad, with lips the color of a plum, she glides into Gideon's world on the breathless end of a classic tune. She's left her aerie at MTV to find her estranged husband, who's lost in the reverie surrounding his obsession: Hemingway. But Asia doesn't want him back, she wants a divorce - and is ready to pay handsomely for it.
As the Hemingway festival builds to its crescendo, mainland violence pays a nasty visit. There's an evil dancing behind the carefree facades of Duval Street, and it will take every sun-bitten ounce of Gideon's Conch resolve to reel it in...
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Needs a Lift AND Has Great Potential
Wonderful Detective Story
Gideon Lowry was an enjoyable character to follow and I can see more of his case stories in my future. I love that this was set in the midst of all things Hemingway. John Leslie does a great job of bringing the characters to life and leading you through the clues as Gideon finds them.
I have always enjoyed the Jack Reacher novels and the style of this novel is very similar to the Reacher series, but yet individual in style as well.
This is the only performance by David Wood that I have listened to so far.
I felt for the character when he realized that his relationship with Casey had changed to something totally different. I could sense a feeling of loss through the narrator's voice and inflection. David A. Wood does a really nice job of becoming the character.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.