Key Lime Squeeze Ronald Adams
Reviewed By Sylvia Griffin
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The typical way the story goes is: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy marries girl, boy spends the rest of his life to make girl happy…
In the case of Key Lime Squeeze, add to all that the following: girl is a mafia princess, boy joins the criminal enterprises of girl's family, boy steals from girl's family, boy soon flees for his life with killer hit men in tow…
With equal parts suspense, drama, and wit, Ronald Adams has crafted a superb crime thriller in Key Lime Squeeze. Tight action coupled with pointed dialogue & colorful characters make this story an enjoyable, fast-paced read with many surprising twists along the way.
Robert Boothby, a milquetoast insurance executive, has the great fortune of marrying the alluring, seductive Angela Cantolino. Unfortunately for him, her beauty (and every other part of her) comes with a considerable price – one that Robert soon finds too high to pay. So, her turns to cyberspace in search of true love and affection, where he meets a mysterious stranger who soon has him so enraptured that he decides to leave Angela and his mundane life behind. So convinced of the bliss that awaits him, he makes off with over a million dollars of ill-gotten funds that he's secretly pilfered from Angela's crime family – who, ironically, was stealing it from Robert's own company with his help.
Thus enters Joe Banks, famed private investigator, who is recruited by the Cantolino family to pursue Robert and recover the stolen funds. Accompanying him is the Cantolinos' trusted enforcer, Solomon, who tags along for good measure to ensure that the job is done – and done well. What Joe and Solomon don't realize, though, is that the Cantolinos believe in hedging all their bets, and the duo soon encounters more than their fair share of surprises – coming in the form of a host of shady characters – in the heated hunt for Robert. What was once a simple recovery operation soon becomes a tortuous ordeal so dangerous that Joe & Solomon's own lives – not to mention that of Joe's family – are soon caught up in the mix.
Key Lime Squeeze is an action-packed thrill ride that renders the term "page-turner" an understatement. Adams is a gifted storyteller whose penchant for detail enlivens each plot twist with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue. Also, his biting sense of humor shines through as the perfect counterweight to the dramatic tension framing each chapter with effortless subtlety.
The second installment in the Joe Banks Series, Key Lime Squeeze is an exciting addition to the world of suspense thrillers. Perfect for new and old fans alike.
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This is a link to listen to my Blogtalk radio interview on the "Voices and Vibes" program. It was a lot of fun to do and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Saw a 10th innings win against Oakland back in '93, and after that travelled to the States every year to see them (excluding '94, for strike reasons), until 2002, when a growing family curtailed my habit. Had some great trips to Fenway, and on the road. Was in the bleachers when Carl Everett "headbutted" the homeplate empire (4 fan ejections - it was like being back in England at a football game!), and was then at Baltimore a few days later when Nomar was still batting .400 in July. Was at Kansas City when Saberhagen returned. Had some great fun, and back then you could still get tickets along the first baseline just by making a telephone call. Now, it looks like $200 dollar ebay auctions only.
Still watch online on MLB.com, although as an outsider, I much preferred them when the "curse" was alive an kicking. It doesn't seem right to see them doing so well.