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Straits of Fortune by Anthony Gagliano

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A Good First Book

  • Mar 6, 2009
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This is the first book by a new author who has an interesting first person way of writing. He writes in first person using the character Jack Vaughn, an ex-cop now a personal trainer living in Florida. Jack sometimes does some unusual sidework and is asked to sink a yacht by a former client, nicknamed the Colonel. There is a catch in that the yacht also contains a dead body of an ex-friend of Jack's, whom Jack's former lover (Vivian) apparently killed and the Colonel wants all the evidence to go away. The Colonel tells Jack that he wants nothing to be tied back to him or his daughter and nobody would ever tie Jack to what happened. For Jack's trouble he will get 100 thousand.

Jack agrees to do the dirty work but immediately suspects something more is afoot when he is acosted by Williams, the Colonel's "Nazi-type" bodyguard. When Jack does the deed he finds out that there is a lot more on the yacht than the Colonel led him to believe and then Jack is hunted by the crazed Williams and has the police after him too. The book moves fairly quick and you are at the end before you know it.

I liked the book and it was a good first effort. Why I didn't give it the full five stars are because:

- It seems a few times like the author tells the story assuming the reader already know things but then later realizes that he left out some things and then throws them in.
- Too many things happen by coincidence. Jack is arrested and sent to a jail where the lead cop's ex-wife just happened to be someone who trained with Jack and she just happens to be a lawyer. Jack contacts her to get him out of jail and she just happens to be related to the dead man on the boat that Jack sunk. Some FBI agents just happen to come to the lawyer's house when Jack is there and just happen to be talking to the lawyer about the dead man, who they are investigating.

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Gagliano's debut crackles with the same energy that characterized Robert Crais's early Elvis Cole novels. Jack Vaughn, a disgraced New York City cop, has moved to Miami and become a personal trainer—"a gym rat for hire." Retired colonel Andrew Patterson, owner of Pellucid Labs and a former exercise client, offers Jack $100K for an unusual job: sinking the yacht that's parked a couple of hundred yards offshore behind the colonel's beach house, along with a dead man on board. Complicating Jack's decision is the fact that the colonel's daughter, Vivian, happens to be Jack's former lover, who left him for pornographer Randy Matson, the dead man on the boat. Jack resists the job for a while, but eventually climbs aboard, at which point very bad things start to happen. Gagliano's Miami is a jittery mix of beautiful women, handsome bad boys, thugs, smugglers and weird eccentrics, all of whom the author draws with panache. With Jack Vaughn's first outing, Gagliano makes an auspicious beginning on a promising new series. (
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