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Free Range Institution:

Haskins's second Mick Murphy Key West mystery (after 2008's Chasin' the Wind) offers more gunfights than developed characters. On their way to a romantic lunch, journalist Murphy and his sometime girlfriend, attorney Tita Toledo, see Murphy's waterfront friend, Jay Bruehl, fall to his death from the roof of six-story Hotel Key West. Bruehl, a snitch, had tipped Murphy off about a big drug deal - and Hotel Key West was the site for a meeting of some Colombian traffickers.

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Read the Reviews:

Early Review - Booklist Review (January 1, 2011)
International Thriller Writers (February Newsletter)
Jackie Houchin.CrimeSpree.OnTheProwel (February 4, 2011)
Mark Howell, Editor, Solares Hill
Key West's Mad Mick Murphy Returns in 'Free Range Institution', Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades (February 13, 2011)
Kirkus Review
"Mad" Mick Murphy will Blow You Away, by Nora Adrienne (January 2, 2012)



I'd like to thank and acknowledge local singer-songwriter Scott Kirby for writing the song, Free Range Institution, that gave me the idea for the title.

Scott Kirby & Michael HaskinsA fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter, Kirby's musical style weaves from pop, to acoustic rock, to what he refers to as "beach folk." His lyrics are often storytelling in nature, much in the vein of Steve Goodman or Jerry Jeff Walker, and reflect the humor of someone who fled traditional New England for the laid back and zany lifestyle of America's southernmost island town. A reviewer from The Musician's Trade Journal writes, "Kirby's a storyteller. Sometimes sentimental, sometimes hilarious, but all with insight, depth and wisdom - you can't help but like this guy's music." Frank Quatrone, of Ticket Magazine, writes, "His writing can be engagingly literate to elegantly simple - the whole place was laughing and singing along to his sometimes outrageous lyrics."
 

 

 

"I've seen some crazy things in Key West, but Michael Haskins' Free Range Institution beats it all. People leaping from buildings, and hanging from trees...angels who tell the future and enough drugs and corruption to destroy the entire Key. Try to keep up, because things happen at breakneck speed!" -- Don Bruns, Stuff To Spy

I'm hooked! Mad Mick Murphy is a quixotic character in an exotic setting. Key West offers him crimes to solve, eccentric people to confound his journalistic ambitions, and life-threatening adventures to entertain readers. -- Shirrel Rhoades, Editorial Director, The Saturday Evening Post

This is my first Mad Mick Murphy book and I love it. Mick reminds me a little of Travis McGee what with the way he gets involved in things and helping friends. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. -- Nora-adrienne Deret, GoodReads.com

FREE RANGE INSTITUTION by Michael Haskins is "A masterful tropical mystery. Every city has an ugly underbelly populated with bad guys - even touristy Key West. In Michael Haskins' deft storytelling, this tip-of-Florida isle - literally at the end of the road - is equal parts paradise and murderous mayhem, one made all the more exciting by his hero, Boston Irishman Mad Mick Murphy." -- W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, Wall Street Journal and New York Times #1 bestselling authors

"I've had the privilege of spending a month during each of three years on Key West. Michael Haskins, now, has lived on the Rock for more than a decade. And, like most non-natives who become reporters for local newspapers, he's absorbed more island life and lore than most. FREE RANGE INSTITUTION is a wonderful new entry in his Mick Murphy mystery series. Happily for those who love Key West, FREE RANGE INSTITUTION is both a terrific ride through, and a terrific read about, the people and places personifying America's beachhead in the 'North Caribbean." -- Jeremiah Healy, author of RESCUE and SPIRAL

 

 

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