This read was a little weird since it’s the third installment in a series and I haven’t read the first two books (I received a digital copy of Dangerous Ends in exchange for an honest review). But not reading the first two books didn’t hinder my reading experience at all. I felt like I knew and understood the characters without absolutely needing to read the previous books. This is a sequel that can stand on its own.
I love me some crime novels and TV shows. Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura reminded me a little bit of Burn Notice because they’re both set in Miami – not a bad thing; I loved Burn Notice. Miami basically became another character in the book and I love when a writer can do that. I’ve never been to Miami, but I feel like I know it pretty well after reading this book, and it made me want to plan a visit (and then I remembered how much I hate humidity and closed the Southwest tab).
As well as being a crime novel, Dangerous Ends dabbles in historical fiction. Specifically, the 1950s in Cuba and the beginning of the Castro regime. At first, I didn’t understand the point of those interludes, but as I kept reading, I understood and appreciated their purpose. I tend to give away a lot of spoilers in my reviews, but I think in this case, I’m going to keep it a mystery.
If you love a good crime novel, Dangerous Ends is for you. You’re going to want to read it in one sitting, but I advise you to savor it a little.
• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Polis Books (April 11, 2017)
Pete Fernandez has settled into an easy, if somewhat boring life as a P.I.. He takes pictures of cheating husbands. He tracks criminals who’ve skipped bail and he attends weekly AA meetings The days of chasing murderous killers are behind him. Or are they?
When his partner Kathy Bentley approaches him with a potential new client, Pete balks. Not because he doesn’t need the money, but because the case involves Gaspar Varela, a former Miami police officer serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife – one of the most infamous crimes in Miami history. The client? None other than Varela’s daughter, Maya, who’s doggedly supported her father’s claims of innocence.
As Pete and Kathy wade into a case that no one wants, they also find themselves in the crosshairs of Los Enfermos, a bloodthirsty gang of pro-Castro killers and drug dealers looking to wipe Pete off the Miami map. As if trying to exonerate Varela wasn’t enough, they find themselves entangled in something even older and more surprising–a bloody, political hit ordered by Fidel Castro himself, that left a still-healing scar on Pete–and his dead father’s–past.
Fast-paced, hardboiled and surprising, Dangerous Ends pushes Pete Fernandez into a battle with a deadlier, more complex threat, as he tries to shake off the demons haunting Miami’s own, sordid past.
“A real throwback to the kind of books I love. Segura captures the spirit of modern Miami with its complicated past and conflicted present. Pete Fernandez is the perfect hero to walk the mean streets of both worlds.”—Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn and The Innocents
“Alex Segura honors the private detective tradition, but also expands it. With a rich setting and an engagingly complex main character, DANGEROUS ENDS is a tense, gripping exploration of what happens when a bloody past collides with a dangerous present.”—Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
“A case with dark, unexpected twists.” —Publishers Weekly
“Alex Segura is one of the most exciting and vital voices in crime fiction today, and his Pete Fernandez series is keeping private eye fiction alive and kicking (serious ass) in the new millennium. His work does what the best crime fiction should do: take us down city streets we wouldn’t dare visit alone.” —Duane Swierczynski, Edgar Award-nominated author of Canary
“Like Elmore Leonard before him, Segura drags the darkness out into the hot sunlight. There’s a lot of heart in these broken souls.” —Brian Azzarello, author of 100 Bullets, Moonshine and Batman
About Alex Segura
He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, Archie Meets Ramones and the upcoming The Archies one-shot.
He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native.