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        Welcome to the author-lagoon where Hemingway is king,  nothing is urgent, and tippling will continue until morale improves!
                                                                             First in the Hemingway Mysteries series, IN STORES NOW!

Read a chapter excerpt in The L Magazine!

"Hemingway's terse yet moody style paved the way for legions of hard-boiled detective writers. Now Michael Atkinson lets America's most famous author finally horn in on the mystery game. Atkinson packs Hemingway Deadlights with hilarious dialogue, irreverent literary shoptalk, and so much excellent sun-soaked atmosphere that you'd best consume it along with a few pitchers of something cool."
-- Ed Park, author of Personal Days

"Set in 1956, Atkinson’s rollicking debut neatly captures the personality and uproarious lifestyle of an American literary icon.... Atkinson deftly mixes fact and fiction with graphic sex and violence in a mystery sure to please Hemingway aficionados." -- Publishers Weekly

"What would a genre mystery by Ernest Hemingway read like? Say, a story about a heavy-drinking, womanizing, professionally frustrated amateur sleuth in Key West and Cuba? Great characters, great setup -- wow. Just, wow." --Laurie R. King, author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice

"If Edna Ferber can become a fictional sleuth, shouldn’t he-man Papa have been solving crimes long ago? Making up for lost time, Hemingway takes a page out of Sam Spade’s book when he learns that a drinking buddy has turned up in Key West’s harbor impaled by an antique harpoon. (Spade felt that when your partner was killed, you had to do something; Hemingway feels the same about derelict fellow boozers.) By setting his story in Key West and Havana in 1956, first-novelist Atkinson gives us Hemingway on the verge of serious decline: the booze taking its toll, the writing stalled, the paranoia that would eventually lead to his suicide beginning to assert itself. All that gives the tale a nice psychodramatic edge, but the mystery itself is perfectly satisfying, too, as Hemingway jumps from Key West to Havana, dodging CIA stooges and assorted gangsters and even spending a drunken evening chugging rum with a couple of revolutionaries named Fidel and Che." -- Booklist

"A rip-roaring, hilarious read, as brash and daring as Papa Hemingway himself. Michael Atkinson will blow you away with his creative genius. I loved this book." -- Tess Gerritsen, author of The Keepsake

 IMPORTANT: the recipe for Hem's El Floridita daiquiri!

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