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Fifty Grand: a novel of suspense by Adrian McKinty
What is a Cuban Detective's life worth in this mystery?
This novel of suspense, Fifty Grand by author Adrian McKinty is (in my humble opinion) a fabulous book! A "good read" most definitely!
Detective Mercado thinks this detective's life is worth a whole lot more than Fifty Grand! Mostly because the Cuban life in question here belonged to her father.
I assure you that you have not read anything quite like this novel--unless you have read other books by McKinty. He has a unique style in which he unwraps a plot page by page. I think he uses techniques he might have learned from studying F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night) or Ernest Hemingway ("Fifty Grand" - a short story by Ernest H. -- interestingly enough).
The opening scene of Fifty Grand begins in cold and lonely Nowhere, Wyoming where a man will be silently slipped into a frozen lake like the one shown here. Then the action jumps back six months to Havana to set up the play of events. McKinty continues this "time jumping" throughout the book. It is not confusing. It is just plain interesting how the past in Castro's modern day Cuba influences future events in Wyoming.
McKinty's writing style is "fat free". What's described is just what you see in your mind. No more, no less.
I hope this is (probably) the beginning of a possible series. Mercado is a good character to choose to follow. I would love to see another mystery that is solved by this detective.
I would advise anyone who loves a good book with mystery, crime and suspense to add this novel to your fiction reading list!
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Praise for Mystery Author McKinty:
''He is a cross between Mickey Spillane and Damon Runyon--the toughest, the best. Beware of McKinty.''
--Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Fifty Grand: a novel of suspense - and a well crafted mystery book, too ~
The Kindle edition of this novel is $9.99: You can read an excerpt before you buy it.
This fictional mystery is one you will not soon forget. The story of a Cuban detective trying to find out who killed her father is absolutely fascinating. Mercado reminds me of the girl with a dragon tattoo.
Visit Cuba with your eyes:
Locations mentioned in Fifty Grand
Plaza Vieja, Havana Cuba
Plaza Vieja in Havana, Cuba on a map:
One of the settings for the novel. I love photos that can let me see what I am reading about in a book.
Mercado's Hometown: Santiago de Cuba
Find Santiago de Cuba on the map:
Lonely US locations in Fifty Grand:
Where the suspense could have happened.
A person could die on this road in Nowhere, Wyoming
A person could freeze in Lake Solitude
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Fifty Grand !
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The best last line ever in a novel:
"...I'll turn the brightness outward." ~
Mercado ends the novel.
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Adrian McKinty's official blog site: - McKinty used to live in CO, but now he is in Australia.
Keep up with this international writer on his website/blog.
- the psychopathology of everyday life ~ Adrian McKinty's blog
The author's official blogspot!
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Read a review of the Novel Fifty Grand - or read the short story by Ernest Hemingway
Click on the links below to find information that will expand your mind.
You might also find something to enhance your pleasure while reading McKinty's novel.
- Adrian McKinty: Fifty Grand | The List
Seeking to avenge the death of a father she hardly knew, cop Mercado flees unrelentingly bleak Cuba for the celebrity-filled Colorado ski resort where he was killed in a hit-and-run, his demise covered up with a pay-off to the sheriff.
- The American Idea: The Best of the atlantic Monthly on Google Books
You can read the short story, Fifty Grand, at this link for . You might have to scroll to find it, but it is there.
Visit McKinty's Cuba (Thank You Flickr for making this visit possible!)
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Where Mercado lives and works in the novel 50 Grand.
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