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Done Deal (John Deal #1)

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Done Deal is the first in the series featuring reluctant sleuth John Deal, a South Florida building contractor who has a penchant for stepping into the path of the wrong people. Here, Deal is struggling to
rebuild the once formidable DealCo, a development company once headed by his flamboyant father Barton Deal--but little does he know that the piece of
land upon which he pl
Paperback, 299 pages
Published October 20th 2002 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1993)
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Book Review: Done Deal : A John Deal Novel by Les Standiford

Done Deal : A John Deal Novel by Les Standiford is the first title in the authors John Deal series. Set in South Florida, the book captures the early nineties Miami while weaving an intense tale of manipulation and murder.

John Deal is a struggling builder. He and his wife, Janice, are having issues within their marriage. When his father died, Deal learned that the building business he thought was successful was broke. Deal and Janice mo
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like John D. MacDonald, Les Standiford gives us another venue to enjoy South Florida fiction...this is the 1st of the John Deal series, and while Standiford is no MacDonald, it WAS an entertaining read, decent plot, interesting characters & surprising villians...John Deal is a builder, beginning a young family whose dealings are being squeezed by wealthy developers desiring to bring Major league baseball to Miami...I'll continue the series
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I ran across this at Books & Books in Grand Cayman looking for some tropical mysteries with local color. Great hard-boiled suspense like early John D. MacDonald. Strong, no-nonsense writing. I remember Standiford from Bouchercon panels, but another Florida crime writer? Downloaded the next two from Amazon.
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was in my favorite bookshop the other day and one of the other 'regular' customers comes in raving about this book and begging for more of his stuff. So, naturally, I had to give it a go myself. I can't say that I'm as nuts about it as that other guy but it was a good and interesting read. You don't find many mysteries where the protagonist is a building contractor!
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Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love the writing style, a little too violent and graphic in the beginning and I almost stopped reading it, but I really like the character.
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Les Standiford is a historian and author and has since 1985 been the Director of the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. Standiford has been awarded the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of Ameri ...more
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