Pocket, Aug 2001, 23.95
Public relations specialist Garrett Doherty is just another transplanted New Yorker working in the Miami office until he attends a company party. At the event, Garrett meets Cuban expatriate Ernesto Rodriguez and the two discuss the Yankees especially El Duque Hernandez. The next morning, Ernesto calls and demands that he be given the “cream of the crop” as he plans to use Garrett as his PR man on his tierra grande project. With his company trying for years to gain Rodriguez's account, Garrett has pitched his way to the top with his unknowingly successful endeavor.
Garrett begins working on the Rodriguez land development case immediately and through his client he meets Frank Hedges and his wife, Magdalena. Doherty learns that many people believe that Rodriguez has major drug connections that are funding the project. Ernesto seems to be in hiding as if he is dodging Doherty. In spite of that, the PR guru begins an affair with Magdalena, which leaves his head in the clouds (actually somewhere else further south) while all hell breaks loose around him.
MIAMI TWILIGHT is an entertaining South Florida thriller that works because Tom Coffey invests a good portion of his novel in insuring Garrett seems real. If that gamut failed, this book would have tanked. Readers believe in Garrett and his foolish affair that seems to have doomed him so that even El Duque or Mariano will be unable to come in to hid rescue. Garrett must save himself or else, making the entire story line plausible and the novel a taut thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner