THE THRILLING FINAL CHAPTER IN ALEX SEGURA’S ACCLAIMED PETE FERNANDEZ SERIES!
A year has passed since Pete Fernandez’s latest, closest brush with death. After months of recovery, the newly sober Pete has managed to rebuild his life, contentedly running a small Miami bookstore and steering clear of the dangers of private eye work. So when an aging Cuban mobster asks Pete to find out who killed his drug-addicted, jazz pianist son and to locate his missing daughter-in-law, Pete balks. Until another victim suggests that the murder of the gangster’s son may be connected to the people that nearly ended Pete’s life, while revealing an unexpected, dangerous truth about the death of the Miami PI's own mother.
Pulled back into the darkness and chaos he'd desperately tried to avoid, Pete finds his life derailed once more as he's forced to investigate a murder that should have never gone cold while dodging assassins' bullets and his own demons. Can Pete make peace with his complicated, haunted past to save himself and those he loves? Or will his luck finally run out? From one of the very best crime writers working today, Alex Segura crafts an epic novel of mystery, humanity, and suspense while bringing to a stunning conclusion the acclaimed series that reinvented the private eye novel for a new generation.
Segura's workmanlike fifth Pete Fernandez mystery (after 2018's Blackout) finds the recovering-alcoholic Miami, Fla., PI running a small bookstore after undergoing months of physical and psychological therapy. Pete feels he ought to be trying to locate the widow of an elderly Cuban gangster's son, rescuing his friend Dave Mendoza from drug addiction, or resolving his relationship with his former investigative partner, Kathy Bentley; instead he becomes obsessed with a highly personal cold case. Pete persists despite interference from Silent Death, a nattily costumed (but spectacularly inept) contract killer, and the minions of cartel boss La Madrinda. Segura neatly pulls all the plot threads together, including many left over from the four earlier books: one involving an elusive former lover, who's adept at switching identities; another involving a vicious but not-quite-defeated drug gang. An old-fashioned knight errant, Pete slogs and slugs his way forward until the last bullets have been sprayed. Fans of pulp detective fiction of an earlier era will appreciate this one.
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