The Black Palmetto

Hired to find a man who has stolen classified information from a government research facility, Sam Mackenzie and his partner Simone track their quarry to the backwater town of Iguana Key. Sam soon finds himself at police headquarters for questioning after a local citizen is killed. As the murders continue, the police need a scapegoat and their sights are dead set on Sam.

To get the police off his back, Sam enlists the help of Lora Diamond, a beautiful newspaper reporter, and Harpo Crumm, a homeless man also hunting the killer for reasons of his own. He uncovers a connection to a secret government program that reaches all the way to the nation’s capital. Navigating a minefield of hired thugs and assassins, he stalks the killer and becomes a target himself. The intersection of the players’ investigative paths leads to a deadly conclusion.


My Review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns, January 3, 2014
This review is from: The Black Palmetto (Kindle Edition)

I’ve been waiting on the next adventure with Sam Mackenzie and I was not disappointed. Right off the bat we find Paul Carr’s addition of sexy Simone really adds some tension to the plot. The way Carr runs Sam through the paces reminds me a lot of Spillane’s Mike Hammer, or Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe. Straightforward prose, short words and to the point. The thing I like most about a good adventure/mystery story is when you never know next where the plot is going. Paul Carr adds twists, then turns. Just as you think you have it figured out, he throws in another twist. This is the third in a series, and I think it’s the best of the three. Paul Carr has taken his writing, and his characters up a notch. He avoids Key West in this one, but you’ll travel from Marathon to Miami as the story races along. Don’t miss this high action thriller.

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