Saturday, May 4, 2024

Review: Tampa Heat by Thad Diaz


Genre: Mystery/Hard-Boiled


“Beneath Tampa’s Tropical Majesty Lies a Sinister Past

Logan Walsh can take the heat.

He’s fought fires for two decades.

But when he helps his bail bondsman father chase down a skip, things go sideways. People start getting hurt. People close to Logan.

Now this treacherous trail of biker gangs, crooked cops, and greedy land speculators threatens to burn more than his career...

...his floundering marriage, his life, even his kids are on the line.

And he must find a way to get at these players and unravel a mystery that stretches across decades to one of Tampa’s darkest chapters.

You’ll love Tampa Heat because it’s written by a twenty-five-year firefighter.”


“Thad Diaz was a Tampa Bay firefighter until he retired in 2021 with 25 years of service. He wrote sci-fi and fantasy as T. Allen Diaz, but he's always been a fan of hard-boiled mysteries. Now that he no longer rides fire trucks, he can tell that story without concerns for his career. The Cigar City Case Files is based in Tampa. Its stories occur in actual or fictionalized places tailored to this great city. The tales display its glorious beauty and gritty underbelly as only a native can. Diaz still lives in the Tampa Bay area with his wife, two of his kids and a house full of dogs. Tampa Heat is only the first in a series that he hopes will span into the double digits. Follow him online and join his email list for the Tampa Heat prequel, Temple Terrace Badger Game today.”


This was an interesting read. The protagonist, Logan Walsh, is a fireman who works on the side for his dad who is a bail bondsman. Both his jobs figure into this story as well as dad with lots of other things thrown into the mix to spice it up even more including being separated from his spouse which is causing him to miss his kids (and the feeling is mutual). Lots of things to juggle, but it doesn’t prevent him from starting to dig when something doesn’t seem quite right regarding a bail skipper he and his dad had to deal with. He starts down a rabbit hole and things get more and more complicated the further he goes. Keeping track of all the players and everything that may or not figure in to what was going on, not only in the present, but many years into the past, was hard and kept me wondering what I and Logan might be missing. I was on edge and trying to figure things out right up to the end.

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Some adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

While not to the point of impacting the rating, the number of proofreading misses in this was getting close to the line for me.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 90-95,000 words

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