"complex, multi-layered crime novel"
John Deal is trying to return his deceased father's Florida
building firm, DealCo Construction to its former glory.
It's a matter of pride plus he needs the money to support
his estranged wife and pay his daughter's tuition fees. He
travels to Key West with his friend and co-worker Russell
Straight to see if they can come to terms with local
developer flamboyant Franklin Stone who wants Dealco to
build his latest project.
Even before the two men meet, a local hustler named
Dequarious tries to tell Deal something in a local
restaurant. Before he can, Dequarious is thrown out. The
next time the builder sees the hustler, John tries to stop
a local police officer from killing Dequarious. He
succeeds but shortly thereafter, Dequarious is found by
Deal shot to death in his hotel room, a wine label in his
hand. John Deal is determined to find out who is behind
the killing or die trying.
Les Standiford has written a complex, multi-layered crime
novel that will pique and maintain reader interest from
first page to last. The author is a master of
characterization, populating his novel with people readers
will like even though the audience knows that these
individuals can operate on the wrong side of the law. BONE
KEY is a mystery that is impossible to figure out until the
author is ready to reveal the answers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 2, 2002