Gumbo Limbo: An Alex Rutledge Mystery

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Macmillan, Nov 20, 2000 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Alex Rutledge, freelance and part-time Key West crime scene photographer, awakes to his first day off in months. Late August, the off-season, the dog days. Everything's okay until his phone rings. His old navy buddy, Zack Cahill, now a successful Chicago banker, is in town and, at 8:00 a.m., drunk in Sloppy Joe's. Zack demands that Rutledge join him for a celebratory beer. When Alex arrives at the bar, eight minutes later, Cahill is gone.

The day continues downhill. A high-noon murder in the tourist district, the ransacked apartment of a local bartender, and the chance encounter of Abby Womack, Cahill's ex-mistress, combine to convince Alex that Zach Cahill's disappearance may be linked to all of these events. An overnight fire and a drive-by shooting the next morning amplify the strangeness and danger.

By calling in favors from a crew of Key West characters, stepping aside of law enforcement, and traveling to New Orleans in an attempt to help his friend, Rutledge will fall deep into a mysterious range war, a fight for the profits from a twenty-year-old smuggling deal.
 

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Key West freelance photographer Alex Rutledge (The Mango Opera) hurries to meet a long-time banker buddy visiting from Chicago, but when he reaches the bar, his friend has disappeared. Alex grows ... Read full review

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III
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IV
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VI
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TOM CORCORAN is the author of "The Mango Opera," "Gumbo Limbo," "Bone Island Mambo," and "Octopus Alibi," He has been a disc jockey, Navy officer, screenwriter, journalist, and magazine editor. His photographs have appeared on seven Jimmy Buffett album covers, and he co-wrote the Buffet hits "Fins" and "Cuban Crime of Passion." Corcoran lives in the Lower Keys.

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