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Miami Days Havana Nights

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Sometimes our biggest debts have nothing to do with money.

1926. When seventeen-year-old Sam Ackerman witnesses a mob hit, he is hustled out of New York under the protection of Moshe Toblinsky, A.K.A., the mob’s bookkeeper. Arriving in Miami with no money, no friends, and no place to hide, Sam’s only choice is to do as the gangster demands. Forced into bootlegging, Sam’s mi
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Published July 18th 2018 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Stephanie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sam Ackerman is a 17 year old Jewish boy trying to help his family with money in New York, 1926. Sam finds out he can make an extra two dollars working for a gangster in a speakeasy. Usually Sam is only tasked with cleaning up, however when Sam witnesses a hit and is tasked with dumping the body, he is seen by the police. Sam is hurried out of New York and sent to a contact in Miami, Moshe Toblinsky, the mob's bookkeeper. Indebted to the mob and Moshe, Sam continues working for the mob, now runn ...more
Anjana
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the premise interesting. It is not a topic I have had much experience with before and thought this would be a good opportunity to become familiar with something new.
I flew through the first half of the book and really enjoyed it, but the second half I felt got bogged down with the personal matters of the main protagonist in the current timeline. This is a dual timeline story, with the focus being Sam Ackerman being a young boy in New York who was working for the wrong man and was in the
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Crittermom
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To grasp history, we have to understand the common man’s place in it.  Miami Days Havana Nights is not a historical mystery in the typical genre sense.  It is something quite different, and all the more captivating for it. The story of a young Jewish man unwittingly ensnared in the Miami mob alternates with that of a young University of Florida professor seeking the man’s story.  Her intellectual scavenger hunt not only leads her to Tampa and eventually Cuba- it leads her to examine herself and ...more
Susan James
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
History and humanity twined in a fascinating story

This is a beautifully written past and present mystery. I love how the story unwinds. Meticulous research and wonderful descriptions of the people and places in Sam’s story. The chapters alternate between Sam’s story and Liz’s quest to learn who Sam was and who she, herself is becoming. Highly recommend.
InD'tale Magazine
"Miami Days, and Havana Nights" is a fascinating mix of historical and contemporary drama.

Read full review in the 2019 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Linda Pennell
Jul 05, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
A follow up to Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel
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I have been in love with the past for as long as I can remember. Anything with a history, whether shabby or majestic, recent or ancient, instantly draws me in. I suppose it comes from being part of a large extended family that spanned several generations. Long summer afternoons on my grandmother's porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and ...more