Books by Laurence Shames

NOT FADE AWAY by Laurence Shames
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"'I can't believe it all just stops.' Barton died in September 2002, leaving behind this appreciable scrapbook of his life."
Dying from stomach cancer at 51, the late media entrepreneur Barton looked back over his hungry, high-speed life to tender some personal truths. Read full book review >
THE NAKED DETECTIVE by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

Since making his bundle back in Jersey, Pete Amsterdam's leading a Key West regimen of late mornings, tennis, Chardonnay, and a p.i. license he maintains strictly as a tax dodge—until he meets the leggy blond client he can't refuse, partly because showing her out would require him to bolt nude from his hot tub, partly because the charming she<\I> turns out to be an equally intriguing he<\I>, but mostly because his would-be client turns up dead the next morning on Tank Island. Read full book review >

WELCOME TO PARADISE by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

The premise of Shames's new Florida crime comedy couldn't be simpler: a vacationing innocent is mistaken for an up-and-coming mobster. Read full book review >

VIRGIN HEAT by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 1997

Love turns up in the most unexpected places in Shames's fifth idyll (Tropical Depression, 1996, etc.) concerning the mafia's Florida branch. Read full book review >

TROPICAL DEPRESSION by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 7, 1996

Candide in Key West, from a rising master of mafia comedy. Read full book review >

SUNBURN by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 1995

More felonious fun in the Florida Keys with the family of retiring Mafioso Vincente Delgatto (Florida Straits, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

SCAVENGER REEF by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

What a bittersweet day for Key West painter Augie Silver's friends when his shipwreck death sends the value of their Silver canvases skyrocketing—and what an awkward moment when he turns up alive after all. Read full book review >

FLORIDA STRAITS by Laurence Shames
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

Nifty comic novel about a bumbling, low-level Mafia gofer who leaves the mob behind and goes to Key West to make a new life for himself. Read full book review >

Released: April 26, 1989

Janus, the Roman god of doors, gates, and all beginnings, is invariably depicted as having two faces—one to look back and another to look forward. Read full book review >