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Preview this item Preview this item. But Matt comes back to bad news: while he was away, a sniper tried to kill one of his best friends. Even worse, now that Matt's back, someone's trying to kill him. And whoever is trying to kill him is trying really hard. With no clue who's after him or why, Matt soon finds he's at the center of a mystery involving a lawyer's murder, a tourist left for dead, a ruthless biker gang, a reclusive billionaire with nothing to lose, and an ancient document that could bring ruin to some of the most entrenched financial interests in Florida.
Between solving the mystery and staying alive, Matt's got his hands full. But he'd better watch out or his hard-charging ways could get him sideways with the newest member of Longboat Key's police force, the undeniably attractive Jennifer Duncan. For Matt, it's shaping up to be a really long week. When a serial killer shows up on Longboat Key, Florida after a twelve year absence, Matt Royal is stymied.
The first woman killed on Longboat Key has ties to a secretive government agency for which Matt's best friend Jock Algren works. Was this a coi Matt Royal has gotten himself into a royal mess After a week away, Matt Royal's ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to bad news: while he was away, a sniper tr On balance, retired trial lawyer turned-beach bum Matt Royal is a pretty laid-back fellow. But when Laurence Wyatt, one of Matt's best friends, is murdered, Matt trades in his easygoing ways for a hard-hitting quest for revenge.
Matt knows the Longbo Matt Royal never has to look far for excitement. But for this fun-loving lawyer turned beach bum, things are about to get serious. Dead serious. When his ex-wife asks for help in tr When a stranger tries to kill Matt Royal in one of his favorite watering holes on his Florida island Paradise, his attention focuses on more than sun, fishing and beer.
View all 3 comments. Matt Royal is in big trouble which is nothing new to Matt but this time someone is trying to kill him and he has no idea why. Matt is not the only target. Matt had just returned to Longboat Key after spending a week boating around southwest Florida with Jessica Connor. Matt had met Jessica in Europe months before and she had come to Longboat Key for Matt Royal is in big trouble which is nothing new to Matt but this time someone is trying to kill him and he has no idea why.
Matt had met Jessica in Europe months before and she had come to Longboat Key for a visit and was heading back home. Lester informed Matt that Logan had been shot but not killed.
Jennifer Duncan, a new member of the Longboat Key police force, is not particularly pleased with the methods used by Matt, Logan and Jock to gain their information but she insists on being in on the search for the person or persons behind the shooting of Logan and the attack on Osceola. A lawyer in a small town is murdered, a ruthless biker gang is somehow involved and it takes a lot of digging to uncover the truth and discover what Osceola had attempted to bring to Matt that would set off a horrible chain of events.
This novel is the fifth Matt Royal Mystery and is fast-paced and exciting. Apr 29, Teresa rated it really liked it Shelves: library. I really like reading the Matt Royal series! I call Florida my home state because I lived there the longest. Spending much time in the areas that are mentioned in the book, I can relate and visual the scenes as they are written. Matt Royal is in a pickle again. Someone took a shot at his friend and now those persons are coming after him.
There is something he supposed has that they want but Matt does not know what. As the pieces come together, Matt and his friends go after the guy and find there I really like reading the Matt Royal series!
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As the pieces come together, Matt and his friends go after the guy and find there is more to the story. Lots of action! Smart and edifying. The end comes several times and you will find many words that will fill the blanks in your crossword puzzle. Other authors are offering Matt Royal types as protagonists who live in the everglades.
I think that I like the way Mr. Griffin spins his yarn from the premise of an actual historical event, and little know people, as the basis for a possible major shift in the economic future of certain negros. His acknowledgement at the end is to be reflected upon in light of the pr Smart and edifying. His acknowledgement at the end is to be reflected upon in light of the present "black lives matter".
Typical tough guy Sam Spade ok, so I'm old type book.
H. Terrell Griffin
Reminded me somewhat of the John MacDonald color coded series. May or may not read another by the author-have to be in the right mood. Logan Hamilton gets shot in the very first sentence on the very first page of the very first chapter in this fifth entry to H. And while Matt survives this round, it becomes a matter of ultimate survival to determine not only who has contracted all this, but why. In one calendar week all is revealed — and what is revealed is the face of evil.
It appears, from the opening chapters, that Griffin is trying to make this entry as much of a standalone novel as possible. There are definitely financial advantages to that tactic. If I had never read Griffin before and if I had not known the contents of the four previous entries, I would have been fooled into that belief. And for those readers who are thus fooled, I feel sorry. In trying to create the image of a standalone, Griffin uses a smooth, generic summarizing technique on past events that make them seem other than what they really are.
Secondly, Griffin implies that Abraham Osceola is just a casual acquaintance of Matt Royal, when, in fact, he is directly responsible for Matt staying alive in the second book. I raised an eyebrow at these set-ups and read on.
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Then, when Matt tells Jessica the soon-to-be-ex-lover that Logan has been shot, she is written as being confused by the telling and basically disinterested, as if Logan means nothing to her. However, in the last novel, Jessica spent several weeks traveling with Logan and Matt, rolling in the blood and gore with Logan, and being repeatedly attacked as she and Logan served as back-up for Matt. Again, I was a bit confused by this approach but I quirked the other eyebrow and read on. If you have read the previous books, you know that neither of those events transpired in that matter.
Fortunately, Griffin did not try to rewrite more history by altering his characterizations of Matt, Logan or Jock. Their personalities and their actions in this entry are consistent with the way they were written previously. Griffin has made Matt Royal a very complicated, intelligent and sensitive character.
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And, quite frankly, understanding what has happened to Matt in the previous books is part and parcel to understanding the stance he takes, in this novel, on self-protection, the law and soul-deep evil. And so will the entry of the new character, Detective J. Regardless of how Griffin glosses over some pretty significant events from previous books, his action sequences are top-notch. They are logically thought out and they rely on planning and intelligent improvisation rather than coincidence, luck and a deus ex machina.
Jan 16, Rhonda rated it really liked it. Now I will have a long wait for the next one.