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“Gideon Lowry inhabits a world of endings. Killing Me Softly is a dark walk under the Florida sun.”
--Barry Gifford, Wild at Heart
Gideon Lowry -- full-time Conch, part-time piano player, and sometime P.I. -- delves once again into the treacherous undercurrents of his native Key West when an untimely murder rocks the town's most spirited literary festival, Hemingway Days.
Key West P.I. Gideon Lowry plays the piano to make ends meet. When a client meets a violent end, however, he plays a different tune -- and murder is only the first note.
John Leslie's mysteries featuring Key West P.I. Gideon Lowry have been hailed for their "lively pacing" (Chicago Tribune) and "riveting twists" (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel). Now, as the sultry Florida sun sets in the fourth suspense-charged novel, romance and intrigue heat up -- and someone's going to get burned.
The sunsets are spectacular. The parties are notorious. The nights are deadly. A tough Chicago cop in a millionaires' ghetto -- tracking a serial killer.
Craig Chappell had a personal score to settle, but a three hundred-pound son of a mobster got in the way. From the snows of Montreal to the swamps of south Florida, Chappell and the killer are hunters -- and the hunted -- in a deadly swirl of organized crime gone mad. A strong, beautiful, soul-scarred woman is the only thing that stands between them.

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John Leslie is the author of several mystery novels -- the Gideon Lowry Key West mysteries, among others. His latest, Hail to the Chief, is a political novel, co-authored with Carey Winfrey, and published in May 2016. Leslie grew up in the Oklahoma panhandle and south central Kansas. Besides writing, he worked on one of the last of the great cattle ranches in the Wind River Range of the Wyoming Rockies. For more than a decade he lived in Europe and the Middle East, teaching English in Italy, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. He is a graduate of Wichita State University. He currently divides his time between Key West and Sonoma, California.