Flamingo Lane

A Novel of Southern Noir

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Pub Date 12 Feb 2019 | Archive Date 15 Jan 2019

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Chance is a hitman with hippie roots and deep emotional wounds, disillusioned by life and stung by love—and his next target is the woman who rejected him. As he closes in on his victim, Chance struggles to rediscover the competitive edge that normally makes him so deadly. Meanwhile, the one safe haven Faye Lindstrom can rely on will only last until the end of the summer, assuming that the violence in her past doesn’t catch up to her first.

For lovers of Southern noir, Flamingo Lane is a gritty cat-and-mouse pursuit that ventures even further into the haunted territories of revenge and redemption first chronicled in Fever Tree.

Chance is a hitman with hippie roots and deep emotional wounds, disillusioned by life and stung by love—and his next target is the woman who rejected him. As he closes in on his victim, Chance...

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Tim Applegate’s poems, essays, and short fiction appear in the Florida Review, The South Dakota Review, Lake Effect, and The Briar Cliff Review among many others. He is the author of Fever Tree (Amberjack, 2018) as well as the collections At the End of Day (Traprock Books), Drydock (Blue Cubicle Press), and Blueprints (Turnstone Books of Oregon). He lives in the foothills of the coastal range of western Oregon.

Tim Applegate’s poems, essays, and short fiction appear in the Florida Review, The South Dakota Review, Lake Effect, and The Briar Cliff Review among many others. He is the author of Fever Tree...

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Okay. So I love hitmen/assassin books. I was excited for this one. I also love when female characters are the "bad guys"/targets. I'm just not a fan of female characters in books in general and tend to stay away from any book that has a female lead character in it. So, I thought for sure this was my holy grail. And...it was. I loved this book! I loved everything about it. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future and I am confidently recommending this one to everyone!

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Yesterday, I finished Tim Applegate’s “Flamingo Lane,” a novel in which writer William Dieter reconnects with an old friend while working on his new novel, “Flamingo Lane.” Dieter’s previous book, “Fever Tree,” was a huge success. I can’t say whether this is also true for Mr Applegate’s prior novel of the same title. If any of his other characters are so obviously inspired by actual persons is hard to tell, and not just because of the usual disclaimer that they’re not. So, Dieter is in Crooked River, Florida, working on his book. He has gotten back into contact with an old friend he met in Mexico years earlier, Faye Lindstrom. Back when Faye was still young and idealistic, looking to devote her life to the hippie notions of love and peace, she fell in love with a Mexican gangster. As the book starts out, she is just trying to get her life back together, having managed to escape her ex-boyfriend. Alas, unbeknownst to her, there is a paid assassin close on her heels, and he’s got a personal score to settle, as well. “Flamingo Lane” was a super fast read for me, not because it’s super short, but because it is suspenseful and captivating. If you’re a fan of well written thrillers, don’t let this one pass you by! Having done a little research, I find that “Fever Tree,” the earlier novel, tells Dieter’s own story, from his days in Quintana Roo to his arrival in Crooked River. If ever I have time again, I may have to get my hands on that one, as well. “Flamingo Lane” is published by Amberjack Publishing. I received a free copy in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.

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A great cat and mouse story chase for me from vacation land Yucatan, to corn in Indianan (which was a good curve) to finally down in Florida where almost all, like the drain pipe (not in a bad way) all types end up there. I think the writer's style made this come alive for me. I read this was a sequel kind of, no drag on this story, enjoy!

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What a great book!! It kept me engaged from the beginning until the end! I cannot wait to read more from this author.

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I was very intrigued by the plot of this book, full of mystery and drama. I really enjoyed reading it and felt compelled to finish.

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WWOOOWWWW! What a story... at first I did not think I would really be able to dive deep into this novel but I am sure glad I did! Amazing story line and the main character was truly a character that you have to really listen to! All of the emotional aspects were present in this book. Must read!

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“Flamingo Lane” is super suspenseful well written thriller. Don’t let this one pass you by. It’s an awesome cat and mouse tale with an amazing story line and very believable characters. Chance is a hitman who is very emotionally unstable, stung by love and disenchanted with life. His next target is the woman who has rejected him. The author has a wonderful talent for establishing and nurturing the relationships of all the characters. I look forward to reading more books from this author. I highly recommend this book. Advance reader copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Not long after I started reading, I realized this book was the second in a series. There was enough background for me to continue reading. Sharing the plot of a hit man chasing Faye to fulfill a contract doesn’t do the story justice. The characters carry this story, and these characters are characters, and some even have character.

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Flamingo Lane is a well-written and interesting story about a woman trying to get her life back after dating a high ranking drug lord and the hit man assigned to kill her. Since this is the second novel in a quartet, I do think readers will benefit by having read Fever Tree first. At times I felt that additional background on the characters would have been helpful in feeling more of a connection to them. However, it's certainly not necessary. Applegate's writing is so strong that this book stands on its own. I particularly enjoy his careful and at times poetic use of language in conjunction with a nicely paced plot.

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Faye Lindstorm was kept as a sex slave by a man she fell in love with in Mexico. Turns out he was a dangerous kingpin. She somehow managed to escape that dark life but can't escape her changed self. She decides to move to Florida to house-sit for a friend Dieter who is also an author in midst of writing a book of his own - Flamingo Lane - after his previous successful Fever Tree.  Unknown to Faye, an old acquaintance from Mexico - Chance has been assigned to kill her by none other than the Mexican overlord. Chance also happens to be someone who had an unrequited love for Faye back in their hippie days. But she had rejected him as she only ever saw him as a friend. Then there's Dave, the detective friend of Dieter who Faye meets and befriends in Florida. He is investigating an old case connected to Chance too. So, we have Faye trying to recover from her trauma with the help of Dave. They're in an equally adorable and awkward initial stage of dating. But Chance has followed Faye here too. What follows is a wonderful study of characters and a cat-mouse chase. The characterization was spot-on. Chance, although a killer, had his own vulnerabilities and emotional hurt that appealed to me. I found myself feeling sorry for him. I rooted for Faye. She's a mixture of vulnerable and strong that I always find welcoming in female characters. Dave, Dieter, Maggie and all the characters had interesting shades and made the read even more engaging. The setting of the book made for a perfect Southern noir. I absolutely love the environment that the author created. Flamingo Lane was a pleasant surprise!

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