Weird news reporter Alexander Strange is munching grouper balls and sipping a Cuba Libre when a naked body floats up to the dock at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland, Florida. It’s already been a hell of a day—earlier, somebody tried to poison his fried okra.
The face of the corpse has been devoured by sea creatures, but Alexander knows who she is, and from the ligature marks on her neck, it appears she’s been strangled. Or hanged.
Alexander fears he’s being framed when police find a bloodstained noose under his dry-docked fishing trawler where he lives with his dog Fred and Mona the mannequin. He needs help, and it arrives in the form of a urinal-screen-salesman-turned-detective and a gorgeous public defender who wants more than to find the victim’s killer: She want’s Alexander to forego his “catch-and-release” love life–and ditch Mona.
When an inmate in the county jail is found hanged by a rope identical to the one found under Alexander’s trawler, the stakes get higher. The trio must discover who is behind all this mayhem before they, too, find themselves on the end of a rope.
Bruce’s prose is consistently crisp and controlled, and the tension between the various characters is genuinely entertaining throughout. A charming and suspenseful page-turner punctuated by dashes of the surreal.
Florida Man by J.C. Bruce will take you on a pleasant ride. It is full of twists and turns. It is simultaneously mystery and comedy…It’s a unique and entertaining plot. The dialogue was my favorite part of the novel… I would recommend this book to fans of mystery, murder, and mayhem… Those who do give it a try are sure to be as hooked as I am on the adventures of Alexander Strange.
Online Book Club
This story has the feel of a dark Florida river chock-full of weird creatures and bizarre surprises as it winds its way through swamps to somewhere wonderfully strange.
Florida Writers Association Judges
I went through Strange Currents like a box of fine French candy, carefully savoring each delicious piece. What a well-crafted story.
I've read all of the "Strange" books and this (Strange Currents) is the best! It's got the most-sophisticated plot, the most-developed characters, the most-memorable settings and the best dialogue. And it is strange, which is what makes J.C Bruce's series so unique and readable.
J.B. Tillson, author of The Dayton Book Guys
Mystery, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments with a noir flavor that just won’t quit. Think Carl Hiaasen, Clark Kent, and a little Woodward and Bernstein…”
Bill Roorbach, author of The Smallest Color
A fast-paced mystery that resonate with wit as delightfully dry and intrigue as heated as its Arizona setting…
Jess Montgomery, author of The Widows
I have read all four books and I’m a big fan of Alexander Strange and J.C. Bruce. Twisting engrossing plots, tear producing humor and wonderful characters and dialogue will leave you begging for more.
Mr. Bruce weaves a funny, quirky and memorable tale involving oddball characters, voodoo (sort of) … and an off-beat, sometimes unreliable narrator into a mystery story that's also a voyage of discovery. If you're looking for a fast-paced, enjoyable read that keeps you guessing you'd be wise to purchase Florida Man.
Marc Simon, author of The Leap Year Boy
This is what happens when you have a great writer with a wicked sense of humor and is also an experienced newspaper journalist, who writes a great crime mystery. Lots of fun stuff. Action. Adventure. Spoilers. Can’t wait for more, hear that they are on the way.