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Inhaltsangabe: Ever been to Fantasy Fest in Key West? Had a beer in Sloppy Joe's? Done the Duval Crawl? Visited the Hemingway House? Had a cheeseburger in Margaritaville? Buzzed around Key West on a scooter? Watched the sun set from Mallory Square? Crossed the Gulf Stream? Jumped in a Blue Hole? Looked for lost gold? Take a deep breath, kick off your shoes and lets go. A sensual tropical mystery awaits. 'Hemingway's Heist' is a story of adventure, romance and stolen treasure. It begins on July 8, 1943 when the wealthiest man in the world, Reginald Vining, is killed in his home in Bimini and a fortune in gold bars disappears. The accused murderer, Baron Alfred Brovania de Maurice, is acquitted but run out of the Bahamas as an ?undesirable.? He flees to Key West and refuge with his friend Ernest Hemingway. The (remote) possibility that the two of them might have stolen Vining?s gold is the premise of the story. In 2013, a dusty old trunk left in the storeroom of a Key West bar yields clues that ignite a modern day treasure hunt. Join the quirky crews of the Marion ll and the Albatross as they chase myths, legends and lies around the Caribbean trying to solve a 70-year-old mystery. "I fell in love with Key West many years ago. In this story I have tried to capture the wackiness of Fantasy Fest. The body art, the partying, the weird and wonderful. Then take the reader to Bimini, Eleuthera and Spanish Wells while searching for a fortune in lost gold. One crew is led by an obsessively organized buttoned up former Navy Seal on a perfectly equipped boat. He is chased by the great grand son of the accused 1943 murderer and his drunken sidekick in a boat held together by chicken wire and duct tape." Up until now the murder has never been solved and the gold never found. Could this band of adventurers and misfits stumble onto a fortune? 'Hemingway's Heist' joins 'Side Effects' and 'Mingo's Cave' by Chuck Ball at Amazon. Look for 'No Redeeming Qualities' in the Spring of 2015.

Über den Autor: Chuck Ball grew up in North Carolina. After High School, he worked his way around the world on a Norwegian freighter as a deck hand. This is when he began keeping a journal and thinking about becoming a writer. When he returned to the States, he went to Elon College (University) with the intention of being an English major, but the times sent him in another direction. After graduation he worked on the grave yard shift of a milk carton factory and completed his first hand written novel. With no agent or contract, he eventually succumbed to the need to have an income big enough for rent and food. He went to work in the corporate world. There he spent long years in 'quiet desperation' while raising a family. "The Caribbean always held an allure for me. I often looked at the beautiful travel pictures in the airline magazines as I did the corporate grind, flying from one sales meeting to the next. I wondered if I would ever swim in those warm turquoise waters". The chance came when Chuck was caught in a corporate 'right sizing'. "My son was working as a carpenter on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. He suggested that I come on down. I couldn't pack fast enough and soon I left the cold, blustery States and stepped into the tropics. I was blown away. Everything was fascinating. The animals, the plants, the smells, the water, the culture. I could not believe I was waking up in paradise." Chuck worked with his son at an eco friendly resort and recorded his observations in his journal. "That journal became the essence of 'Mingo's Cave'. I did a lot of research too but most of what I saw and heard and experienced was in my journal." Chuck completed 'Mingo's Cave' in 2010. "I first visited Key West many years ago. In 'Hemingway's Heist' I have tried to capture the wackiness of Fantasy Fest. The body art, the partying, the scooters, the cuban coffee, the rum, the weird and wonderful. Then take the reader to Eleuthera and Spanish Wells in the Bahamas which I discovered only about five years ago. These are rugged and remote islands and I just had to weave them into 'Hemingway's Heist'. When Chuck is not in St. John or Eleuthera he lives very close to Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Chuck is working on his next novel; "No Redeeming Qualities" which he hopes to finish soon. You can contact him at chuckballauthor@gmail.com

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