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Review: 'Dangerous Ends' a gripping Miami thriller

Correspondent

‘Dangerous Ends’ By Alex Segura. Polis, 304 pages, $24.99

Alex Segura finds his groove in “Dangerous Ends,” his third novel featuring Miami reporter turned private detective Pete Fernandez. Segura boldly sends his sleuth down the mean streets of Miami and delivers a gripping plot.

Having lost his newspaper job, Pete has found a new career as a private investigator. Normally it’s not exciting work, but Pete is enjoying the mundane life, and, for once, being sober. Then his friend Kathy Bentley gives him a job that will allow him to combine his reporter and p.i. skills.

Kathy, now a freelance writer, has been asked to write a book about Gaspar Verela, a former Miami narcotics officer now in prison for murdering his wife. The case became one of Miami’s most infamous, and throughout his high-profile trial, Gaspar maintained his innocence. A decade later, Gaspar has exhausted all his appeals. His daughter, Maya, now in her 20s, believes her father and is paying Kathy to write a book. Kathy and Pete agree to the project, but only if they can tell the truth, even if it means proving Gaspar is guilty.

Gasper’s case was not simple, entwined in both Miami and police department politics. Teaming up with retired FBI agent Robert Harras, Pete and Kathy become targets of Los Enfermos, a violent pro-Castro group. In addition, they find a connection leading back to the murder of Pete’s grandfather, Diego Fernandez, in 1959 Cuba, when Castro was coming into power.

Segura, a former South Florida journalist who now lives in New York City, makes Pete and his struggles worth caring about. The author imbues “Dangerous Ends” with a strong knowledge about Miami. Pete frequents such landmarks as La Carreta, Sergio’s on Bird Road and, alas, the now closed Fox’s Lounge.

Segura guides “Dangerous Ends” with surprising, and believable, twists, putting his work firmly among the best of South Florida crime fiction.

Meet the authors

Alex Segura will discuss “Dangerous Ends” and Steph Post will discuss “Lightwood” at 7 p.m. May 11 at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach, 561-279-7790, and at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408.

Oline H. Cogdill can be reached at olinecog@aol.com.

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