Latest happenings from the island at the end of the road:
I saw Side Effects yesterday, the new movie with Jude Law. He’s terrific, as usual, and so is the movie. It’s very cleverly plotted and keeps you guessing without being over-twisted. No spoilers here. Recommended.
After the movie, I came home to a surprise birthday party organized by my wife Yleana. She had the house decorated in a very festive, tasteful fashion, and the food was catered by Chef Martin Liz. Caribe, a local Latin band, played out on the patio, and about twenty-five guests came and went. A great time was had by all.
Left: That’s Yleana by the sugar-free cake. Mmmmm.
Center: Yleana got me those ultra-cool Don Draper whiskey glasses. I put them next to Eddie Muller’s great book for the photo.
Right: Jonathan Woods and his wife Dahlia relaxing during the party by the pool.
On the writing front, my latest crime fiction novel, The Downtown Deal, is on the verge of coming out. Here’s a brief synopsis:
October, 2003. Sandra Blake is dead. A bullet in her forehead. Her ex-husband wants former private investigator Jack Barnett to find the killer. The investigation leads Barnett into a high-powered world of shady characters and a rising body count, all for control of a seemingly unimportant slice of vacant land in a seedy area of downtown Las Vegas. A mysterious case of wine rests at the center of it all, and everyone wants it. Can Barnett find the killer before the whole thing blows up in his face?
The Downtown Deal is a novel, the third hardboiled entry in the Jack Barnett / Las Vegas series, once again dragging the reader alongside the reluctant ex-PI down the darkest streets of Sin City, USA.
It should be out within a couple of weeks, available in both print and digital. I’ll show you the cover then. Meanwhile, I’m working on the next installment in my Key West Nocturnes series. It’s called The Guns Of Miami, a gripping tale of what it really means to be a criminal.