Men in Miami Hotels by Charlie Smith
A Novel

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The introspection outweighs the action, though there’s plenty of that too, including a kidnapping, a scary flight to the Gulf Coast, a showdown with Albertson...Cot racks up many kills: Give him his due, the guy can shoot.
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In Men in Miami Hotels, Smith tells the story of Cot Sims, a listing Miami gangster who returns to Key West aiming to—among other things—save his fool-proof mother from homelessness after a recent hurricane. For love, for cash, and for the hell of it, he snatches a trove of emeralds that his boss, the relentlessly vicious Albertson, keeps hidden on a small island. And then trouble, which has been coiling around him for years like a snake, bites.

Cot has forty-eight hours to return the emeralds before items of equal or greater value—namely, the lives of everyone he loves—are repossessed by Albertson and his army of hired gunmen. Fleeing across the Caribbean, Cot blazes a trail of survival, skeltering between the narrowing walls of fate.

Charlie Smith has been called a novelist of "appalling brilliance" on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. Critics have praised his work with the fervor of converts. And his prose, as radiant and dynamic as it has ever been, "lands him in the ranks of America's greatest contemporary fiction writers" (Houston Chronicle).

 

About Charlie Smith

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Charlie Smith, the author of seven novels and seven books of poetry, has won numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Aga Khan Prize, the Levinson Prize, the J. Howard and Barbara Wood Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Nation, and many other magazines and journals. He taught at Princeton University and University of Iowa, and was a Coal Royalty Chairholder at University of Alabama. Three of his novels have been named New York Times Notable Books. His last novel, Three Delays (Harper Perennial, 2010), was a New York Times Editor's Choice. He lives in New York City.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 307 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 06 2013

The introspection outweighs the action, though there’s plenty of that too, including a kidnapping, a scary flight to the Gulf Coast, a showdown with Albertson...Cot racks up many kills: Give him his due, the guy can shoot.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 27 2013

...a haunting and starkly grim fantasia on love, mourning, and the alienation inflicted by time.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jul 19 2013

...but there is something more beneath the surface, a self-conscious awareness of the roles life forces us to play. This, in turn, etches in stark relief one of the central tensions of the novel, which walks a line between genre and something considerably wilder, a fictional territory where a character might lose his or her soul.

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