Review of ‘Stiff Arm Steal’

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BJ Baker is a retired pro football player who has become wealthy and influential in Palm Beach, Florida. So, when someone steals his Heisman Trophy, he uses his pull to get the PBPD and the county sheriff’s department to investigate. For good measure, he hires former pro athlete turned PI Miami Jones and his friends to help get his trophy back. Jones teams up with sheriff’s deputy Danielle Castle in what both view as a waste of resources that could be better used helping people in real need, until more Heisman’s start getting snatched. The more they dig into the incidents the more confusing and potentially dangerous it becomes.

I received a free review copy of A.J. Stewart’s Stiff Arm Steal, another in his Miami Jones mystery series. Stewart, who writes in a style reminiscent of Elmore Leonard – who also set  his stories in Florida – does a masterful job of leading readers down many false trails before zigging back and zeroing in on the real culprit. At the risk of spoiling the story, the thief turns out to be the last person you’d expect it to be. Gritty, and often humorous dialogue will make you laugh at the same time that the absolutely dead-on descriptions of people, places and events will make you cry.

Stewart’s stories are quick reads – as any good mystery should be in my opinion – that always leave you wanting more. A good way to entice you to read the next in the series. I await it anxiously. Four stars for Stiff Arm Steal.

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