I live in Portland, Oregon as a lawyer, formerly, and property manager and business investor, currently. I’ve written several novels, all with the Pacific Northwest as the actual or ... Read full author bio >
"(The Hapless Valet's) accessibility and great cast of characters are more than enough to please mystery readers."
Paul Rovina’s short stories have been praised by the translator, Sonia Raiziss, and the poet, Sydney Lea, and have been published in several reviews. “Monkeygirl” appeared in Chelsea (no ... Read full author bio >
"An alcoholic, epileptic gunsmith-cum-adventure novelist navigates Key West's criminal underworld in Rovina's rollicking debut.
Jack Slater and his stepsister, pediatrician Danielle 'Pooka' Sloan, have retreated to South Florida's Cheeca Lodge for some R & R after the slew of dangerous exploits documented in Slater's semi-autobiographical novels. As well as fictionalizing family feats, Slater refurbishes guns for Davy Jones's Locker. He gets a tip about antique ammunition to be salvaged from a 1930s shipwreck and sold to the Sicilian mob. The setup promises a lighthearted gangster romp, but Rovina adds layers of complexity through Slater's seizures and vivid daydreams, including encounters with alluring sphinxlike alien Lucasia McCall. Slater's charming first-person narration echoes that of an Ernest Hemingway hero or a hard-boiled Raymond Chandler detective. The salvage plot gets rather lost, though, in a welter of drunken visions, pleasure cruisers, operatic arias, Greek mythological allusions, manga imagery and eccentric minor characters... Rovina's descriptive passages are strong, however, and occasional made-up words ('bumpkinishly,' 'sad-sackness') lend the prose a playful sophistication. With a gangsters-'n'-guns plot, mild raunchiness, preoccupation with technology past and present, and unexplained phenomena, the novel shows traces of nouveau steampunk-lite gems, like Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker (2012)..."
Michael A. Connelly grew up in the fifties and sixties as the son of a Boston Police Officer, and has an insightful insider's view of Boston neighborhoods, ballfields, gyms ... Read full author bio >
"On The Schraft Street Historical Preservation Society:
...ventures into the seedier--but lovable--side of Boston.
...exudes blue-collar charm...giving readers an emotionally resonant story that follows regular citizens who want to improve their community but face difficulties they couldn't imagine.
A sold crime novel, which, while flawed, may delight readers with its entertaining premise and real sense of place.
On Blue Collar Boston Cool:
...this tale embraces the city and working class charm...readers will take an immediate liking to him.
Connelly provides an enjoyable bit of entertainment, and he clearly knows and loves his city.
A fun but flawed mystery that offers ample urban escapism."
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