MIAMI TWILIGHT by Tom
Pocket Books - August, 2001
ISBN 0671028294 - Hardcover
Suspense for explicit content
Reviewed by Susan
This was the first book
I've read by Tom Coffey, though I had heard of THE SERPENT CLUB, his mystery
debut and a bestseller. If MIAMI TWILIGHT is any indication, Mr. Coffey
certainly has a way with words and his writing is snappy and fast-paced.
My problem was with everything else. The plot centers on public relations
hack Garrett Doherty (pronounced Dock-erty, as we're reminded throughout
the book) and his obsession with a married Hispanic woman with whom he
begins an affair that tosses the rest of his life to hell in a handbasket.
Everything else is rather peripheral. If I had understood Doherty's motives--beyond
keeping his brain tucked behind the zipper of his pants--maybe I could've
gotten at least a little emotionally involved in MIAMI TWILIGHT. There
is what should have been an interesting mystery angle involving a "land
developer" named Ernesto Rodriguez and his purportedly crooked past.
But Doherty's fixation on the lovely Magdalena consumes the book, and
I felt nothing for him, just sorry for the pregnant wife he treats like
trash and sorry that trees had to die so that this tale of a self-absorbed,
selfish, sexually obsessed fellow could be told. I will give THE SERPENT'S
TALE a shot and hope Mr. Coffey doesn't disappoint me in that one.
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