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Forever’s Just Pretend

Forever’s Just Pretend

Author(s): Craig McDonald

Location(s): Key West

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction

Era(s): 1920s

Key West, 1925: the USA’s southernmost point and the most un-American of American locales; a rowdy border town surrounded by water and populated by sports fishermen, naval veterans and Cuban revolutionists – misfits and mavericks, all.

After several years abroad, crime writer Hector Lassiter arrives on “Bone Key” to reunite with his lost love Brinke Devlin, a fellow author and the woman destined to become the first Mrs. Lassiter.

Hector finds an island in turmoil — beset by fatal fires and savage attacks against women that the local press attributes to a baseball bat-wielding fiend dubbed “The Key West Clubber.”

When one of the Clubber’s murders hits too close to home, the newlyweds begin to poke around the crimes. What they find casts doubt on the possibility of a single culprit.

By turns sexy, sly and sinister, “Forever’s Just Pretend” barrels along at a page-turning pace to a shattering conclusion that casts new light on Hector Lassiter and his legend.

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