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 sometimes 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.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
This is the third Pete Fernandez Mystery but it’s the first one I’ve read and it definitely stands on its own. Dangerous Ends is about PI Pete Fernandez who is starting to realize just how boring being a PI can be…until Kathy asks for his help. The daughter of a convicted killer wants Kathy to write a book and possibly find evidence to prove her father’s innocence. This starts a chain of events that put Pete and Kathy in danger and things quickly get out of control. How many cases can they work on at once? Or are they all connected somehow?
The characters are well developed and complex. Pete struggles to stay sober and to do the right thing. He’s a good man but has a lot on his plate.
I like Alex Segura’s writing style. It flows well and even though he goes back in time occasionally, it’s done well and I never got confused (which is easy to do). I definitely recommend Dangerous Ends and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
About the Author
Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, which includes SILENT CITY, DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, DANGEROUS ENDS, and BLACKOUT, all via Polis Books. 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 ARCHIES one-shot and monthly series. He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native.