A witty, literate, and action-filled debut, Hemingway Deadlights catches the famed author in his later years, battling to solve the injustices in a flawed world.
It is 1956 and Hemingway has spent much of the year at his home in Key West, hiding from tourists and autograph hunters. But a friend's sudden death rouses Papa from his idyll. To say that the cause of death is suspicious is to put it lightly. It's not every day that a part-time smuggler is impaled on a harpoon.
"Neatly captures the personality and uproarious lifestyle of an American literary icon. ... A mystery sure to please Hemingway aficionados." - Publishers Weekly
Hemingway woke up on the floor of his bedroom, facedown, the bedsheets wrapped in a knot around his left ankle, which had a fat, heavy, slightly damp plaster cast on it, toe to knee. What the, Hemingway's face said, in a fisted...
Praise for Hemingway Deadlights
"Great characters, great setup--what's that, you say? Hemingway Deadlights is not by [Hemingway], but about him? Wow. Just, wow. You could've fooled me." - Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories
"Atkinson packs Hemingway Deadlights with hilarious dialogue, irreverent literary shoptalk, and so much excellent sun-soaked atmosphere that you'd best consume it along with a few pitchers of something cool." - Ed Park, author of Personal Days
"The most fascinating amateur sleuth to hit the pages since the invention of the gin and tonic. Atkinson mixes in politics, Cuban revolutionaries, crime bosses, and literary giants of the twentieth century with a deft hand." - James R. Been, author of Billy Boyle
"This mystery certainly gave me everything I wanted in spades....A terrific book." - Mystery News Magazine