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Dangerous Ends: (Pete Fernandez Book 3) by [Segura, Alex]
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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 has 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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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Polis Books (11 April 2017)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It never gets easier 14 June 2017
By JoAnne Goldberg - Published on
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Private investigator Pete Fernandez and the city of Miami co-star in this meandering, character-rich novel about an investigation into a crime that has kept an innocent man (or so his daughter says) in prison for a decade. "The case had it all: murder, alleged police corruption, and mysterious, half-baked theories..." Murder, corruption, and much half-bakedness comprise the fabric of this book, along with a twist or two popping up reliably every chapter or so.

Although I've been to Miami exactly once, Segura paints the city and its neighborhoods in such evocative tones that I wished I'd spent more than a day there. Pete is also a compelling character: relatable, affable, not at all slick or sleazy, just a guy dedicated to getting the job done. The result is a book that glides along at a comfortable pace, devoid of cliffhanger moments but charming nonetheless.

The book had some minor issues that caused me to knock off a star. First, some of the imagery was repetitive, with characters, for example, smiling way more often than necessary to express a range of emotions. Second, the scenes in Cuba, despite their drama, jolted me out of the narrative. Though the material added historic and cultural dimension, it could have been worked into the story in a less intrusive way. Finally, there's a sequence in which Pete and partner Kathy are casually fleeing from a murderous gang in a manner that did not seem credible. I had a hard time with that chapter.

I had not heard of this series before reading Dangerous Ends, but will now go back and read the other two books, hoping that they are as well-paced and entertaining as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Pete Fernandez! 13 July 2017
By Todd Casey - Published on
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Pete Fernandez got me hooked on mysteries.

The mystery itself was a thrill, but Pete's personal story is what really made me fall in love. While trying to crack an old murder case (and opening a hornet's nest in the process), Pete goes through a complex struggle with his own past and alcoholism. The story is a study in consequences as we see how Pete's previous jobs and family legacy come around to haunt him. The specter of the past haunts other characters in ways I can't describe without spoiling some twists, but I liked that there was a unifying theme.

Misc things I loved:
- Alex shows a side of Miami I've never seen. It's like one of those Bourdain travel shows where he takes you to all this hole-in-the-wall restaurants and off-the-beaten-path beaches. I felt like I got an insider's guide.
- Flashbacks to Pete's grandfather in Castro's Cuba and the fall out of the revolution. It was cool to see how the Cuban revolution shaped Miami.
- It rewards readers of the previous volumes by showing the fallout of Pete's prior cases, but gives enough history for anyone to pick this up and not miss a beat. The necessary backstory is expertly woven in.
- The tension milked out of not just the mystery, but Pete's struggle to work with a team. He's not perfect, but he knows it. He works on himself and grows as a character with each book.
- I did NOT see the ending coming!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Pete Fernandez mystery! 8 June 2017
By David Sayre - Published on
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The third of the Pete Fernandez mysteries, "Dangerous Ends", takes all the intrigue, depth of character and delicate relationships of the first two novels and expands upon them, while seeming to also turn them on their heads.

Alex Segura has developed a wonderful, modern-day pulp detective, who navigates his way through all the trappings of classic Noir. Pete's story only becomes richer with each page of this third installment. And the author further intrigues the reader by interweaving a story from another time and place to give us, not only greater understanding of his fictional detective, but a fascinating connection to Pete's current case.

One of the reasons I so enjoy Alex Segura's work, being a Miami native, is that I know the places that Pete visits in these novels. And each description that Segura provides perfectly captures the look and feel of these locations. I grew up around places that have appeared as crime scenes in the Pete Fernandez stories. I've eaten the same food at the restaurants where Pete interviews suspects and sources. It is an absolute treasure to see Pete's Miami, that I know so well, come to life in Segura's novels.

"Dangerous Ends" truly raises the bar for an author I have come to greatly appreciate. This, as well as "Silent City" and "Down the Darkest Street", should be considered must-reads for fans of crime fiction as well as my fellow Miami natives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good! 21 April 2017
By M. Jones - Published on
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I've been looking forward to book 3 in this series since I finished "Down the Darkest Street" and I have to say it was worth the wait. Pete is once again reluctantly drawn into a bigger mystery than he's expecting - and this time he is trying to get through the stresses without an alcoholic crutch. We delve deeper into Miami and get to know its residents more fully. This installment is broader in scope than the first two books, but no less centered in place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced, hardboiled read 23 April 2017
By John - Published on
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Segura's latest Pete Fernandez novel is his best - he brings out the Miami not many tourists get to see and mixes in a compelling, readable mystery. I loved the touches of Cuban history and the surprise ending. Definitely a series worth checking out for fans of PI fiction or noir.

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