Mandy Miller has penned another page-turner of a mystery that pulls you in from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last. Friday Night in The Glades scores a touchdown that will leave readers wishing for overtime with Grace, Vinnie, and Miranda.
It’s been a long time since things were this good for disabled veteran Grace Locke—sober, with a successful law practice, a service dog as her constant companion, and a mobster/landlord to keep her in line, Grace regrets only one thing—her strained relationship with her best friend, Hachi. To mend fences, Grace accepts Hachi’s invitation to watch Ozz Gordon, Hachi’s nephew and football star, in the Glades Bowl, Florida’s high school Super Bowl. But under the Friday night lights, an act of unspeakable violence derails Grace’s hopes of reconciliation, catapulting her into the dark side of high school football and the jaws of the drug cartels. Who knew the boy with so much to live for had even more to die for? Can Grace survive long enough to expose the underworld that seethes beneath the placid waters of the Everglades? Or will a good deed for a friend be her last?
Mandy Miller is a sly, evocative writer. Her Florida clings to your skin and sets fire to your nerves. The finely-drawn characters in Friday Night in the Glades will be whispering to me for a long time. It's that good.
- Jeffrey Fleishman, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Good Night, Forever, My Detective, and The Last Dance
Friday Night in the Glades is a compelling, eager, and fearless novel. Mandy Miller deals with crime and cover-up, with drug trafficking, with Big Sugar and Big Pharma, and with the football-industrial complex right here in desolate Sugar Bay, Florida, where employment is oppression, and the only way up is out but getting out means selling out. Miller knows how to wield the weapon of suspense, knows, too, that every story is many stories, and she handles the complex intersecting tales of loss, death, and unspeakable secrets with wit, grit, and poise. Friday Night in the Glades will remind you of why you started reading stories in the first place.
- John Dufresne, author of New York Times Notable Books of the Year Louisiana Power and Light and Love Warps the Mind A Little; and The Lie That Tells the Truth: A Guide to Fiction Writing
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