Friday, April 9, 2010

Review: Hemingway Deadlights by Michael Atkinson

Hemingway Deadlights
A Mystery
Michael Atkinson
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books,
August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-37971-1,
ISBN10: 0-312-37971-4
About The Book:
(from McMillan website)
It is 1956 and Hemingway has spent much of the year at his home in Key West, hiding from tourists and autograph hunters. But a friend’s sudden death rouses Papa from his idyll. To say that the cause of death is suspicious is to put it lightly. It’s not every day that a part-time smuggler is impaled on a harpoon.

A witty, literate, and action-filled debut, Hemingway Deadlights catches the famed author in his later years, battling to solve the injustices in a flawed world.
My Review:
This was a fun mystery read for me. I think Hemingway fans can enjoy this one but it can appeal to a broad audience! Michael Atkinson writes a witty tale of Hemingway's investigating antics in the 1950's.
The story itself was great and I thought the author did an excellent job of keeping the reader (me) engaged. I also find that (even though I don't know the author) you can tell that he has a sense of humor, because he let's it leak into the story.
Atkinson left us with a snarky and laughable murder mystery. (I know that sounds impossible, right?)
Overall, it was an excellent read!
About The Author:
MICHAEL ATKINSON is a former film critic forThe Village Voice. He has written for The Believer, Spin, Details, and many others, and has been included in Best American Poetry and Best American Movie Writing. He lives in Centerport, New York.
**Thanks to the publisher and Dana Kaye Publicity for setting me up with the review copy


  1. I'm obsessed with this cover now. It's SO gorgeous!

    Thanks for posting this review. I'm off to learn more about the book.

  2. Thanks for the great review! His new one, HEMINGWAY CUTTHROAT, comes out in July so stay tuned!