Welcome to Miami

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For The Daily Beast, Alex Segura analyzes what makes Miami such a great backdrop for mystery novels and stories:

It’s easy to be lulled by the Caribbean breeze and beautiful sights, but Miami can be lethal, too, its urban sprawl littered with illicit deals, shocking scandals and seething corruption—a collection of dark tales and only-in-Miami stories illuminated by the flickering neon signs that line the streets. It’s no wonder that every portrayal of the city in other media seems strikingly different, yet alarmingly accurate. Whether it’s the pastel colored suits and sports cars of Miami Vice, the glamour-and-crime cocktail of Charles Willeford’s Hoke Moseley novels, or the cocaine-smeared overkill of a machine gun-toting Tony Montana in Scarface, Miami is bursting with stories to tell.


Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →