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Bone Key
Putnam, April 2002, 24.95,320 pp. ISBN 0399148744 John Deal is trying to return his deceased father's Florida building firm, DealCo Construction to its former glory. It's a matter of pride plus he needs the money to support his estranged wife and pay his daughter's tuition fees. He travels to Key West with his friend and co-worker Russell Straight to see if they can come to terms with local developer flamboyant Franklin Stone who wants Dealc...
Deal With The Dead
Putnam, Feb 2001, 24.95, 320 pp. ISBN: 0399147047 Miami builder John Deal wants to restore his deceased father's company to the hey days of the 1950s-1960s when Barton Deal was a major player in the construction boom. When John wins the bid on an advantageous government contract, he feels he has taken a large step back to what once was. However, sometimes you get what you wish for, especially if one is not careful in what they ask. ...
Havana Run
Putnam, May 2003, 24.95, 320 pp. ISBN: 0399150595 Thirteen years ago, police officer John Deal learned that his father committed suicide. His face was so badly damaged that his son couldn't recognize him. The police find papers proving John was supplying his father with information that he used in his business dealings. Unable to demonstrate he was set up, the brass allowed him to retire. John took over Deal Co, the construction company his fa...