The Naked Detective

The Naked Detective The gumshoe bit wasn t Peter Amsterdam s idea His accountant made him do it But Pete should have figured that with a comfortable tax dodge in the sunny Florida Keys comes the inevitable knockout blond

  • Title: The Naked Detective
  • Author: Laurence Shames
  • ISBN: 9780345432193
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The gumshoe bit wasn t Peter Amsterdam s idea His accountant made him do it But Pete should have figured that with a comfortable tax dodge in the sunny Florida Keys comes the inevitable knockout blonde looking for help Sometimes life can be like the movies Unfortunately for Pete, it isn t black and white.There s to the blonde than meets the eye And fast on her stThe gumshoe bit wasn t Peter Amsterdam s idea His accountant made him do it But Pete should have figured that with a comfortable tax dodge in the sunny Florida Keys comes the inevitable knockout blonde looking for help Sometimes life can be like the movies Unfortunately for Pete, it isn t black and white.There s to the blonde than meets the eye And fast on her stiletto heels is a hotshot Key West thug, his possibly duplicitous nympho daughter, a goon in control of the islands gambling boats, and a stone cold corpse whose unexpected appearance has stripped Pete down to his last nerve All he has to work with are what s left of his wits, a gun that s never been fired, and the dashing hope that he can survive this crime long enough to solve it

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    About “Laurence Shames

    • Laurence Shames

      Laurence Shames has been a New York City taxi driver, lounge singer, furniture mover, lifeguard, dishwasher, gym teacher, and shoe salesman Having failed to distinguish himself in any of those professions, he turned to writing full time in 1976 and has not done an honest day s work since.His basic laziness notwithstanding, Shames has published twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles and essays Best known for his critically acclaimed series of eight Key West novels, he has also authored non fiction and enjoyed considerable though largely secret success as a collaborator and ghostwriter Shames has penned four New York Times bestsellers These have appeared on four different lists, under four different names, none of them his own This might be a record.Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1951, to chain smoking parents of modest means but flamboyant emotions, Shames did not know Philip Roth, Paul Simon, Queen Latifa, Shaquille O Neal, or any of the other really cool people who have come from his hometown He graduated summa cum laude from NYU in 1972 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa As a side note, both his alma mater and honorary society have been extraordinarily adept at tracking his many address changes through the decades, in spite of the fact that he s never sent them one red cent, and never will.It was on an Italian beach in the summer of 1970 that Shames first heard the sacred call of the writer s vocation Lonely and poor, hungry and thirsty, he d wandered into a seaside trattoria, where he noticed a couple tucking into a big platter of fritto misto The man was nothing much to look at but the woman was really beautiful She was perfectly tan and had a very fine gauge gold chain looped around her bare tummy The couple was sharing a liter of white wine condensation beaded the carafe Eye contact was made the couple turned out to be Americans The man wiped olive oil from his rather sensual lips and introduced himself as a writer Shames knew in that moment that he would be one too.He began writing stories and longer things he thought of as novels He couldn t sell them.By 1979 he d somehow become a journalist and was soon publishing in top shelf magazines like Playboy, Outside, Saturday Review, and Vanity Fair This transition entailed some lucky breaks, but is not as vivid a tale as the fritto misto bit, so we ll just sort of gloss over it In 1982, Shames was named Ethics columnist of Esquire, and also made a contributing editor to that magazine.By 1986 he was writing non fiction books The critical, if not the commercial, success of these first established Shames credentials as a collaborator ghostwriter His 1991 national bestseller, Boss of Bosses, written with two FBI agents, got him thinking about the Mafia It also bought him a ticket out of New York and a sweet little house in Key West, where he finally got back to Plan A writing novels Given his then current preoccupations, the novels naturally featured palm trees, high humidity, dogs in sunglasses, and New York mobsters blundering through a town where people were too laid back to be afraid of them But this part of the story is best told with reference to the books themselves, so please spend some time and explore them.



    730 thoughts on “The Naked Detective

    • This book has it's moments but it is different from most of the previous books in the series. If you haven't read any Laurence Shames, try to start with the first book in his Key West series, Florida Straits.Peter Amsterdam comes into some money and his accountant advises him that it would be good tax write off for Peter to have a business in his Key West home. As a result, he is listed in the phone book as a private detective. When a client turns up, he doesn't want to take the job but ends up [...]


    • Shames's eighth Key West novel (after Welcome to Paradise) has its moments of charm and interest, especially when narrator Pete Amsterdam, debuting here, describes the particular pleasures of the setting: "Key West is a place to withdraw to, a retreat without apology or shame. And you learn things from the place you live. One of the things Key West teaches is that disappointment and contentment can go together more easily than you would probably imagine." Pete has learned this lesson well, as a [...]


    • The Naked Detective is a poor man's version of a Carl Hiassan Novel. The hero, Pete Amersterdam, isn't a real detective. He goes to remodel his house and his accountant convinces him that he can get a huge tax deduction if he opens a detective's office in his house, runs an ad, etc. Amesterdam gets his P.I.'s license but has no desire to pursue a career. One day, as he sits in his hot tub, naked, hence the book's title, a damsel in distress comes by. He refuses to take the job and of course she [...]


    • This book was like an homage to the noir detective stories, but with the added quirkiness of Key West. Like many of the Florida writers (Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, etc.) Laurence Shames represents the steamy, laid back environment with characters that are all a bit "off." Pete Amsterdam has the laid back lifestyle many dream of. He's wealthy enough that he doesn't have to work, but has his PI license as a tax dodge to cover his wine room (aka office.) He hasn't actually ever had a case and almost [...]


    • This book was like an homage to the noir detective stories, but with the added quirkiness of Key West. Like many of the Florida writers (Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, etc.) Laurence Shames represents the steamy, laid back environment with characters that are all a bit "off." Pete Amsterdam has the laid back lifestyle many dream of. He's wealthy enough that he doesn't have to work, but has his PI license as a tax dodge to cover his wine room (aka office.) He hasn't actually ever had a case and almost [...]


    • Peter Amsterdam is not a real private detective. He came into a chunk of money and his accountant decided that it would be good move tax wise for Peter to have an "office" of some kind in his Key West home. He's listed in the phone book as a private detective, though, and when a client comes knocking he finds himself embroiled against his wishes and his better judgement in a case that involves a couple of corrupt businessmen, a couple of corrupt cops and a yoga instructor.A fun read.This was one [...]


    • I didn't hate it, but didn't find it very compelling or funny. If I knew it was supposed to be funny, I might have laughed a couple times. The narration was very good, though. Still, I might have tried another of his books, but for the interview tacked onto the end of the audio in which Shames describes all his preceding books. As many, if not all, involve the Mafia, I'll pass, as I dislike books that portray Mafioso as amusing thugs.



    • Don't waste your timeThe Key West Capers series started out as good airplane books - not great literature, but something to entertain while stuck in a tube. The naked detective didn't live up to this fairly low bar - poorly written and excruciating to read, your own goal becomes to just finish the book and even then that seems to be too much to ask.


    • Laurence Shames has moments when his words sing: the dialog is right on, the character springs off the page, the setting is so real you can see, hear, and taste it.While this book contained a sprinkling of these gems, they were too often buried in the muck of the story line. The Naked Detective moves away from the previous Key West books and introduces a new character in Pete Amsterdam. Pete calls himself a private investigator solely as a tax dodge. Nice start, indicative of his character. Pete [...]


    • The Naked Detective is my first book by Shames. It made a good audio book.It is about a guy (Pete Amsterdam) who doesn't really have any intentions of taking on cases. It is just a tax write off as a failed business for him. He likes his quiet life. Then a transvestite shows up at his hot tub asking for help recovering a buried money pouch he has stolen from his employer. He has been hiding out for two years. Pete has no desire to get involved and sends him on his way. He changes his mind when h [...]


    • OK for a quick read, but not much substance. The protagonist is a boring retiree who falls into a murder case despite himself. He meets a sexy yoga instructor, spending way too much time lusting after her and too little time thinking about the case. They live in Key West, so of course they have funky friends and acquaintances. Of course, the cops are crooked. And of course, there's a sexy nymphomaniac with a secret. But without a believable plot, and without any humor or human interest, what's t [...]


    • Just finished reading The Naked Detective by Shames while on a vacation at the beach. It was definitely a good beach read. Key West culture played less of a role than I was expecting, but it was there enough to set the tone. The sex in the book was gratuitous and completely lacked subtlety. Had that aspect of Shames writing shown more finesse the book would have easily made four stars. Fun, light, and likable. I am tentatively adding Shames to my list of authors whose works I make a point of rea [...]


    • Pete Amsterdam lists his occupation as Private Investigator for tax purposes but he'd never taken a case until Kenny Lukens comes to his home to hire him. Kenny shows up in a dress and tells Pete he thinks he's in danger. He worked as a bartender for Lefty Ortega and stole an evenings proceeds and another pouch that was in the safe. Apparently what's in the pouch is worth killing for. Pete sends Kenny on his way but the next day Kenny is found dead and the police rule it suicide. Pete becomes en [...]


    • This book falls into my made up category of reluctant amateur detective, and not a particularly good detective. While the book didn't keep me captivated in a “can't put it down” kind of way, I genuinely cared about the characters and the resolution of the mystery. Here's where I really have to give Laurence Shames credit: his writing evoked such vivid imagery that I could see each character, could see the scenery, and could feel the heat and humidity of Florida. I'll pick up another title to [...]


    • The only question now is how can you resist reading a book about a naked detective (really!), now that you know about it. Laugh-out-loud funny. Wonderful characters. A zany, but oddly believable plot. All set in the very weird Key West which must be every bit as odd a place as Shames (who lives there part year) makes it out to be. Short of making the great escape of your own to our Southernmost bit of land, read these books. It's actually funnier than going to Key West, though neither the fish, [...]


    • A good detective story with a reluctant P.I. plenty of bad guys (and the guilty ones are not who you'd expect) with lots of humor set in sunny and wacky Key West. Warning, not for those who need clean language and no sex - this book has both adult language and situations, not that I minded. I'd be interested in reading or listening to at least one more book by Laurence Shames - shades of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.


    • Not a bad hard-boiled detective read with a funny bone - I enjoyed it. What I enjoyed MOST is that this (and most of Shames' books) took place in Key West and the Florida Keys, which is the place I call Home (though I currently live in Houston). Shames does a great job of including all manner of Keys flavor, which makes reading this like visiting home, or like talking to a local - he doesn't fake it, and his descriptions are completely accurate. Makes me homesick!


    • Not as good as the previously read mysteries by Shames, but still having the trademarks of this series. They guy from New Jersey in Key West, the peculiar characters, the tropical surroundings, the innocent who comes out okay with a level-headed girl friend. We never learn just how the protagonist got his wealth-- other than he doesn't want to talk about it.


    • Not quite as frolicky as one expects from Laurence Shames and the FLA mystery crew but not shabby either. Fun and forgettable and happy endings for all (except, you know, the ones that don't make it that far-AKA the bad guys).


    • This series, that takes place in Florida, is so much fun to read. I was convinced my husband knew the author's relative, so I started reading them. They kept me entertained until the satisfying endings. They show the sticky, non-touristy side of Florida that we never saw.


    • Comparable to a Carl hiassen novel; but, based on this one book I rate Hiassen more highlyI don't think this is Raymond Chandler meets woody Allen meets the Cohen brothers as the flyleaf says. This us a fun read and a fast one; but not compelling nor memorable.


    • A fun, easy read. I totally enjoyed this book. A no-brainer, non-taxing, relaxing read. I read this book in a single afternoon on the beach. I like Shames style and the tropical setting for the story made this a great summertime beach book.


    • Gee, Shames is of the same genre as James Lee Burke, but his writing is so much better. I've always loved the quirky characters and sense of fun in Shames' books, which is refreshing in hard-boiled detective stories.


    • This was an excellent read. Likeable characters, fast pace, good escapist crime comedy. I will read more of this author's work.







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