A fast-paced crime actioner with a quirky protagonist, Miami P.I. (Roy Findley Miami Detective Series #1) by Zane Owen Yates (@ZaneOwenYates) is a great read for the beach, or anytime, really, that you’re looking to escape for a few hours of fun and excitement.
Sometimes you want to get dressed up, hit a nice restaurant for a tasty meal before catching the latest Indie movie generating award-season buzz. And sometimes you just want pizza and a beer on the couch while watching a re-run of Die Hard. Both are a good time, it just depends on what you’re in the mood for.
Yates’ debut novel is definitely of the pizza-and-beer variety, and that’s not at all a bad thing.
Roy Findlay is a fiftyish ex-cop with a full head of jet-black Elvis hair, a love of classic muscle cars and a penchant for wearing loud Hawaii shirts, usually rumpled. Roy ekes out a tenuous existence as a private investigator and by taking part-time security jobs on Australia’s Gold Coast, and he’s got an inside “guy” at the local police department who just happens to be the daughter of his deceased ex-partner.
By the way, did you know there is a Miami in Australia? Me, neither. You learn something new every day by reading, I tell you.
Anyway, the story opens with Roy getting a hairy fist to the nose, courtesy of a goon sent to warn him off his latest job, building a case against a crooked property developer. The plot moves quickly forward from there — in no time Roy picks up another case, snooping on a husband who may be cheating — with no frills and few pauses. Its pizza and beer, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza: the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, there are fist fights, shootouts and car chases.
Personally, I like pizza and beer, and I enjoyed spending a few hours with Roy. Miami, P.I. is the first of a new series and I’m sure I’ll be in the mood for more pizza, er, Roy in the future.
A final note: some comments in other reviews I’ve seen for this novel address formatting issues which were mostly corrected in the revised copy I read.
For more about Mr. Yates and his writing, please visit his website.