Laurence Shames
Laurence Shames is an American author of humourous mystery novels and non-fiction books. He writes the Key West Mysteries series. In prior careers, Laurence has been a NYC cab driver, lounge singer, furniture mover, lifeguard, dishwasher, gym teacher and shoe salesman. Following these failed careers, he moved to writing on a full-time basis in 1976. Since then, he has made four different New York Times Bestseller lists, all writing under different pen names (and none of which were his own).

Although Laurence Shames has been writing since 1976, his first book to be published under his own name was a non-fiction book entitled The Big Time: The Harvard Business School’s Most Successful Class & How it Shaped America. His first novel under his own name was Florida Straits, which was published in 1992. Below is a list of Laurence Shames’ books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Key West Mysteries Books


Florida Straits(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scavenger Reef(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sunburn(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tropical Depression(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Virgin Heat(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mangrove Squeeze(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Welcome to Paradise(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Naked Detective(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shot on Location(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Lost Books


Bad Twin(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Natural Suspect(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Angels' Share(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Big Time(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hunger for More: Values in an Age of Greed(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Living Large: A Big Man's Ideas on Weight, Success, and Acceptance(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Natural Suspect is a collaborative novel with contributions from William Bernhardt, Leslie Glass, Gini Hartzmark, John Katzenbach, John Lescroart, Bonnie MacDougal, Phillip Margolin, Brad Meltzer, Michael Palmer and Lisa Scottoline. Not Fade Away was co-authored by Peter Barton. Living Large was co-authored by Michael S. Berman.

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