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Octopus Alibi: An Alex Rutledge Mystery (An Alex Rutledge Mystery #4)

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The murder of a long-missing woman, the death of a mentor, and the suicide of Key West's mayor are revealed on a warm April day. Alex Rutledge, a freelance photographer with ties to city and county law enforcement, first must help friend Sam Wheeler identify a body in Ft. Lauderdale. Hours later, in Key West, Rutledge documents the mayor's demise. He also is forced to conf ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published June 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks/Minotaur (first published 2003)
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Feb 08, 2017 Jenny rated it really liked it
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Another great read in the Alex Rutledge mystery series. My favorite thing about this series is the descriptions of Key West: of the land, scenery, the people, etc. My next favorite thing is how the one who 'did it' is always the last person who I suspected.
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Dec 31, 2012 Craig Pittman rated it really liked it
This is the first of Tom Corcoran's novels about Key West photographer Alex Rutledge that I've ever read, and I came away both impressed and a little frustrated.

I was impressed, most of all, with his sense of place. Corcoran finds so many ways, both big and small, to make the reader really feel what it's like to live in the Florida Keys, connected to the mainland by nothing but the thin thread of a highway on a series of bridges. I was impressed as well by his skill at drawing believable charac
Dec 14, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it
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Reading this book set in Key West while here in Key West was really neat - it made the story come alive in a way that I don't normally get. After a few days walking around the island and biking on the streets, the details that Corcoran weaves through the book were like little secrets he was letting me in on.
On the mystery itself, although it got a little confusing in the middle with three different crimes to work through, the ending was well-done and I couldn't put it down near the end, always a
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Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great feel for the Key West setting (at least as far as I can tell, never having been there myself, but listening to lots of Jimmy Buffett music) and very good story makes this very worthy of time, and near classic (if I hadn't just finished Great Expectations, which see).

His first three (The Mango Opera, Gumbo Limbo, and Bone Island Mambo) were also very good and very worth reading.

Lots of fun.
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Tom Corcoran first moved to Florida in 1970. He has been a disc jockey, bartender, AAA travel counselor, U. S. Navy officer, screenwriter, freelance photographer, automotive magazine editor, computer graphic artist, and journalist.
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