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Straits of Fortune

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by William Morrow
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Oct 29, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read_2014
STRAITS OF FORTUNE is a fun book to read. It’s noir with a nod to the Carl Hiaasen style of storytelling. The dark humour mixed with violence makes for a well-balanced cocktail of drama and suspense.

In Jack Vaughn, author Anthony Gagliano has created a likable protagonist who fits the Miami Beach noir mode to the fullest. He’s buff, fit, and an ex-cop turned personal trainer. His clients love him and it’s this connection that compliments the plot, making his actions and interactions plausible (
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Nov 21, 2016 Metodi Markov rated it liked it
Shelves: crimy
Забавно криминале, без големи претенции да допринесе с нещо кой знае какво към жанра. Фатална жена, личен треньор - бивше ченге, няколко трупа и всичко е както се полага. Приятно и неангажиращо четиво.

Авторът е починал за съжаление твърде млад и за това има само още една книга с главен герой Вон.
Don Maker
Mar 01, 2014 Don Maker rated it really liked it
The plot is a pretty standard line of bodies and clues, detective work and violent action. The mix of characters is also normal, with a very macho, clever hero who is irresistible to the ladies, a ruthless, powerful villain, and a gorgeous but mixed up damsel who creates much of the distress. The only thing different here was the way in which the hero defeated the villain, which was very believable to me, but I won’t spoil it.

However, it is the writing style that was fascinating to me.

Jun 19, 2008 Woodge rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Nothing really sets this crime thriller apart from others. Our hero is Jack Vaughn, an ex-cop from NYC living in Miami and working as a personal trainer. One of his clients offers him $100,000 to sink a yacht anchored off his property that has a dead body on it and when Jack finally assents to do it, bad things happen. For a book under 250 pages, it took its time getting to this pivotal moment. That scene was the most interesting but then it seemed as if our hero knew everyone in Miami. Lawyer? ...more
Sharon Storm
Aug 16, 2013 Sharon Storm rated it really liked it
Very entertaining read. One minor complaint is that Anthony Gagliano used a few too many metaphors when telling the story of Jack Vaughn, a former New York City cop who relocates to Miami and becomes a personal trainer. Other than that, the writing was very good and the story flowed well. The ending was unexpected. This was Mr. Gagliano's first novel, and I would definitely read other books written by him.
Dec 01, 2007 Lisa rated it it was ok
I didn't really like any of the characters in this book. I finished it last night and it's so unremarkable I can't even remember how it ended. At least it kept some plot twist which made it interesting and it was pretty short.
May 24, 2010 Chuck rated it really liked it
An ex NYPD cop agrees to sink a luxury yacht with a body aboard. It gets
pretty complicated from there. This is a new author for me and I will read him again.
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Debut thriller. Smart but not annoyingly smart-ass.
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very tough to read, but story line is very good.
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