Gumbo Limbo

An Alex Rutledge Mystery

Alex Rutledge Mysteries (Volume 2)

Tom Corcoran

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Alex Rutledge, freelance and part-time Key West crime scene photographer, awakes to his first day off in months. Late August, the off-season, the dog days. Everything's okay until his phone rings. His old navy buddy, Zack Cahill, now a successful Chicago banker, is in town and, at 8:00 a.m., drunk in Sloppy Joe's. Zack demands that Rutledge join him for a celebratory beer. When Alex arrives at the bar, eight minutes later, Cahill is gone.

The day continues downhill. A high-noon murder in the tourist district, the ransacked apartment of a local bartender, and the chance encounter of Abby Womack, Cahill's ex-mistress, combine to convince Alex that Zach Cahill's disappearance may be linked to all of these events. An overnight fire and a drive-by shooting the next morning amplify the strangeness and danger.

By calling in favors from a crew of Key West characters, stepping aside of law enforcement, and traveling to New Orleans in an attempt to help his friend, Rutledge will fall deep into a mysterious range war, a fight for the profits from a twenty-year-old smuggling deal.

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1This time I had good intentions.Two cups into the Cuban coffee on a hot morning, ready for chores. Key West had fallen funk-deep into its humid, mid-August dog days. I smelled rot in the yard, old rainwater held by the lowest layers of dead leaves. Carmen Sosa, my sweet neighbor, always joked that this time of year you could take a bath just sitting in the car. Two nights ago her father, Hector Ayusa, said it was too hot for anything good to happen.The yard needed work. I needed brain-free exertion. I'd pulled a trowel and shears from the fruit crate on the porch, and I'd stepped

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Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran has been a disc jockey, automotive magazine editor, AAA travel counselor, bartender, U.S. Navy office, freelance photographer, DTP graphic artist, and journalist. He has lived within an hour of the Gulf of Mexico since 1970, in Key West for ten of those years. His photographs have appeared on seven Jimmy Buffett album covers. He lives in Lakeland, FL.

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Gumbo Limbo
An Alex Rutledge Mystery
Tom Corcoran

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2000
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ISBN: 9781429972468
ISBN10: 1429972467
304 pages
$7.99
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