The Cuban Who Paid Dearly (Daytona Beach) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/12/22
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It's Thursday morning, the 2nd of October in 1947, and Ronnie Grisham and his pal, Tom Jarrell, are now married... To women, of course...
And, for appearance's sake and to get a much-needed break from work, Ronnie figures they really should go on a honeymoon.
So, the two couples board the southbound Champion for Miami. It's all aboard for romance! But not in the way their fellow passengers would imagine, no doubt.
Once there, they get a chance to see Miss Doris Day, who is touring with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. And a good time is had by all!
But all good things must come to an end and, after dropping the gals off at the airport, the guys rent a car and hit the Overseas Highway to head down into the Florida Keys.
Just when it looks like Tom and Ronnie will finally get some time to themselves, a friend of theirs comes across a dead Cuban and is found holding the gun. He says he didn't do it, but the State's Attorney isn't convinced...
Looks like it's back to work for Daytona Beach's most infamous lawyer and his private dick!
It's the third book in the series and Tom & Ronnie are gathering their gang. They’ll lose a couple of people and gain another. Hmmm. Will Marveen get married? How are they going to explain these marriages to Daytona Beach?
They’re also getting a handle on their relationship. From deciding how to refer to each other to dealing with jealousy, Tom and Ronnie have to navigate this new start. It probably doesn’t help that they don’t know anyone else who has been in a relationship like this. As best they can, they pull guidance from Tom’s parents and his marriage to Sarah. Of course, Alice and Marveen’s mother give all sorts of advice, some of it good.
Pro tip: If you’re not doing it already, read the Historical Notes at the end.
Mr. Butterfield says the stories come out of thin air but that doesn't stop him from researching them well for period details and events that make the stories ring with realism. I've known older gay men who survived those times of being criminals just for loving each other and acting on it. Thank goodness we've made progress, though we have a way to go yet.
I am enjoying getting to know Tom and Ronnie and look forward to what is next for them. How in the world are they going to explain the disappearance of their brides? They will figure it out, I'm sure. They are smarter than most around them.