In The Last Man Out by James Kassel, John Carter has arrived in the small gulf coast town of Newcastle Beach, Florida, thinking he is visiting a serene quiet little town where he can relax and no one knows him.
He couldn’t have been more wrong. He no sooner steps over the city limits than he encounters the local thugs and his adventure in Newcastle Beach begins.
The local boys try to intimidate John and are possibly going to beat him up but a beautiful woman comes to his rescue. John finds out that the woman is a member of the most prominent family in town and the welcoming committee that John encountered is related to her.
The Thomas family is the founding family of Newcastle Beach and as such their presence is well known and shown everywhere. From the main street in town (which is called Thomas Ave.) to the people that own the local bank, almost everything is either owned or managed by the Thomas family — almost everything except the little restaurant in town owned by a Cuban man, Angelo Vasquez. Angelo has a son with a mysterious way about him, something that puts a strange twist on everything John encounters.
When John meets Angelo and his son he is not aware of their hidden secret. He later finds out what kind of tangled web they weave and where they fit in, in the whole scheme of secrets that the town of Newcastle Beach holds. To say any more would give away much of the drama that the reader will encounter.
I enjoyed The Last Man Out and would recommend it to a general audience that likes a good mystery. The descriptive narrative, the fast pace, all make for a very good book. I gave it a B on my scale and that was due to editing issues with grammar and the multiple story lines. The book has a few of these incidents that hindered the story a bit but did not make it any less of a very good book. It was fast moving, very descriptive and kept my attention from beginning to end.