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Dangerous Ends (Pete Fernandez) by [Segura, Alex]
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"DANGEROUS ENDS is a tense, gripping exploration of what happens when a bloody past collides with a dangerous present."
―Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Polis Books (11 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These violent delights have Dangerous Ends! 22 April 2017
By Chris Ward - Published on
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Alex Segura's writing is all at once suspenseful, rich, brisk, and even very funny throughout when called for. If he stopped tomorrow, he'd have a pretty great trilogy on his hands. Thankfully, I don't think that will be the case. Viva Pete!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you’ll want to read immediately 20 April 2017
By Bookreporter - Published on
There’s nothing quite like watching a private investigator series develop, and I’m having that experience right now with the Pete Fernandez mysteries. Author Alex Segura is an interesting guy, a musician whose day job is writing and editing the Archie line of comics (and who is responsible for the somewhat darker tone of those titles). However, it’s in his novels where his talent sings and shines.

The newly published DANGEROUS ENDS is the third book in the Pete Fernandez series. If you haven’t read the first two --- SILENT CITY and DOWN THE DARKEST STREET --- you can jump right into this latest one without fear of getting lost due to unfamiliarity with what has gone before. Segura’s comic book background (where story “arcs” are often spread out over several issues) serves him and newcomers well; he provides just enough information about the past to make the present familiar and comfortable.

When we encounter Pete Fernandez in DANGEROUS ENDS, he is living a quiet, perhaps even boring, existence as a Miami PI, catching and photographically capturing unfaithful spouses in the act or tracing bail jumpers by day while attending an AA meeting for variety. Things pick up, though, when Kathy Bentley, his occasional PI partner and friend without benefits, tells him about a new case that might well change everything. Kathy has been approached by Maya, the daughter of one of Miami’s most notorious convicted murderers. Gaspar Varela, formerly a respected Miami police officer, is serving a life sentence for killing his wife. Maya is convinced of her father’s innocence, and wants Pete and Kathy to investigate leads that she maintains were never fully explored by her father’s defense attorney and that might prove he didn’t commit the murder. This includes forensic evidence, as well as an enigmatic woman who was present at the scene of the crime but changed her story at trial.

It’s a colder than cold case that no one wants to discuss or have reopened, and Pete himself isn’t entirely sure of Varela’s innocence. Things get interesting, however, when the ex-husband of Pete’s ex-wife turns up murdered, and a connection develops between his death and the Varela case. As Pete gets deeper into the investigation, he slowly learns that there is a tie-in between Varela and his own family that involves an assassination ordered by Fidel Castro on Miami Cubans back in the day...and a Castro-linked cartel that is after Pete in the here and now. Pete soon finds that his options are becoming more and more limited, and he has no idea how close the killers really are.

Pete Fernandez is a quietly likable protagonist, the type of guy you want to know and have on your side, and not just because he drives around town with Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew on his car stereo. Segura knows his territory, and the combination of the knowing and troubled detective with the seething backdrop of contemporary Miami makes this a hard series to resist and DANGEROUS ENDS a book you’ll want to read immediately.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hard-Boiled PI For Our Times 19 April 2017
By David P. Nemeth - Published on
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On one of my visits to Miami, I witnessed someone switch without hesitation from Yiddish to English to Spanish. Though New York City might pride itself as the melting pot, Miami lives it each and every day. Alex Segura’s Dangerous Ends (Polis Book) gets much of its vibrancy and life from Miami’s internacional.

Dangerous Ends opens as Batista’s Cuba crumbles in 1959. Diego Fernandez sits in his home office, his family is on the run to safety, his friends are being slaughtered, and the Cuba Fernandez loves is being destroyed. Then in walks a delegate from Castro’s regime with a job offer: acceptance would be the antithesis of Diego’s life and rejection means certain death. Diego stubbornly sticks with his principles.

Segura then brings us to present day Miami where we meet private investigator Pete Fernandez, who is also the grandson of Diego. Pete is finishing up his surveillance on a cheating husband but before he headed back home, he knew he needed the money shot — so to speak —, “It was Pete’s job to make these things airtight.” As a private investigator, Pete Fernandez enjoys the monotony of “chasing deadbeat dads for child support money and snagging people on insurance fraud,” but when the opportunity comes up to help his friend and free-lance journalist, Kathy Bentley, investigate the ten-year-old case of a wife-killing narcotics cop, Fernandez cannot say no.

There are a lot of moving parts within Dangerous Ends, but Segura never confuses us with a jumbled cast of characters or drown the reader in new and contrary information as what happens with lesser writers; he’s got it locked down. One of the other pleasures of reading Dangerous Ends is Segura’s mastery at writing little scenes that bask in their truth. Here is Pete Fernandez at a Waffle House.

"The door jangled as he opened it and walked into the restaurant. The bright lights coated the place’s yellow and brown décor, giving the space a grimy, painted-on feeling. He took a seat at the counter and nodded as the waitress handed him a sticky plastic menu. Like most nights, the place was empty, except for a group of teenagers plotting their evening and an elderly couple sitting by the windows facing the expressway, finishing their dinner. The faint sound of the Eagles filtered through the overhead speakers, the bland, finger-picky ballad spreading over the evening like lukewarm gravy that needed a bit more salt. He motioned for the waitress, a woman in her late forties named Ruth. She had kind eyes and a cigarette-coated voice that made Pete feel at home, even here in the middle of nowhere. She nodded and walked over.

He didn’t need a menu. He didn’t even need to say his order, but the ritual was part of the pleasure of coming here.

“Hey, hon,” she said. “How’s your night going?”

“So far,” Pete said, “not bad.”

“You look tired,” she said, pulling her notebook from her apron and clicking her pen.

“If you’re perpetually tired, is that a thing?”

“It’s the kind of thing you cure with either coffee, sleep, cocaine, or a doctor’s prescription,” she said. “What’ll it be?”

“Just two scrambled eggs and a side of home fries.”

Ruth smiled and moved toward the kitchen."

But what makes Dangerous Ends really succeed is Segura’s central character, Pete Fernandez. Like his fictional hard-boiled detective predecessors, Fernandez is broken, but unlike them, he is deliberately on the mend. Fernandez might slip in his journey through sobriety, but he isn’t going to fail by ignoring his mistakes either. Fernandez is not some sort of hippie-feel-good-crystal-wearing-self-help-new-millennium guy, he’s just not dumb, though he makes his share of stupid mistakes which just makes him a character who exists off the pages as well as on.

Dangerous Ends is the third in the Pete Fernandez books and the first that I have read. Though I caught spoilers from the earlier works, Segura’s writing is good enough for me to go back and enjoy the earlier books in the Fernandez universe, spoilers be damned.

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