Published: April 11, 2017
Hardcover Pages: 320
From the Publisher:
Pete Fernandez has settled into an easy, if somewhat boring life as a P.I.. He takes pictures of cheating husbands. He tracks criminals who’ve skipped bail and he attends weekly AA meetings The days of chasing murderous killers are behind him. Or are they?
When his partner Kathy Bentley approaches him with a potential new client, Pete balks. Not because he doesn’t need the money, but because the case involves Gaspar Varela, a former Miami police officer serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife – one of the most infamous crimes in Miami history. The client? None other than Varela’s daughter, Maya, who’s doggedly supported her father’s claims of innocence.
As Pete and Kathy wade into a case that no one wants, they also find themselves in the crosshairs of Los Enfermos, a bloodthirsty gang of pro-Castro killers and drug dealers looking to wipe Pete off the Miami map. As if trying to exonerate Varela wasn’t enough, they find themselves entangled in something even older and more surprising–a bloody, political hit ordered by Fidel Castro himself, that left a still-healing scar on Pete–and his dead father’s–past.
Fast-paced, hardboiled and surprising, Dangerous Ends pushes Pete Fernandez into a battle with a deadlier, more complex threat, as he tries to shake off the demons haunting Miami’s own, sordid past.
My Thoughts on Dangerous Ends:
I have not done a book review in a while, so I agreed to review Dangerous Ends after only glancing at the storyline. Once I began reading, I was immediately hooked in by the flashback to events happening in Cuba in the late 1950s. After this vignette, the storyline switched to Miami and south Florida. I was struck by the parallels to many of the subjects I appreciate: Cuba, south Florida, a murder mystery, private detectives, a fast pace, and a story full of twists. This book was a great choice for me to read and review. I enjoyed the character of Pete Fernandez and his friends that help him solve some cases. This character reminded me a bit of Leonardo Padura’s Cuban policeman, Mario Conde, but Pete is an American and a P.I. They have a few issues in common: alcohol and relationship issues as well as being familiar with their home turfs and solving heinous crimes.
I liked Pete’s speaking of a few of the albums and music he hears such as Neil Young’s Comes A Time. Segura also mentions some Cuban singers/musicians for me to research. I also enjoy when an author throws in authentic restaurants or places of interest that locals are prone to frequent to give readers tips on the local scene and cuisine. Geography is such an important aspect of writing a good story.
Dangerous Ends is the third in the Pete Fernandez series by Segura. My only frustration is that the earlier novel or novels were not fully encapsulated quickly and I dislike reading references to old cases or stories I know nothing about and are never fully explained. This technique does not make me want to read the earlier books–what does this is me wanting to know more about the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed Segura’s writing style. I do want to know more about Pete Fernandez and his friends. An example of a nice sentence by the author is: The weather was gray, but still hot, the clouds clinging to the rain, as if waiting for the right moment to let loose–like a kid with one water balloon left. Another sentence that I noted was: The faint sound of the Eagles filtered through the overhead speakers, the bland, finger-picky ballad spreading over the evening like lukewarm gravy that needed a bit more salt.
Blogging about books is sometimes serendipitous and for me Dangerous Ends was one serendipitous read. I see a nice future in the mystery genre for Alex Segura.
For my honest review, I received a free digital version of Dangerous Ends. Thanks to Alex Segura for crafting a good read and to TLC Book Tours for asking me to take part in this blog tour. For the other participants on this blog tour click HERE.
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About Alex Segura:
Segura has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, Archie Meets Ramones, and the upcoming The Archies one-shot.
Segura, a Miami native, lives in New York with his wife and son.