WorldCat Identities

Shames, Laurence

Overview
Works: 40 works in 208 publications in 8 languages and 10,253 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3569.H328, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Laurence Shames
The naked detective : a novel by Laurence Shames( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pete Amsterdam opened his private investigator office as a tax write-off, but now he has a real client with a real case and some very real problems
Virgin heat : a novel by Laurence Shames( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Florida bartender squeals on a mobster, after which to avoid reprisal he undergoes plastic surgery. The problem is that an old flame recognizes him by his hands. It is a problem because she is the daughter of the mobster who has just been released from jail and who has not forgotten the bartender. By the author of Tropical Depression
Mangrove squeeze by Laurence Shames( Book )

15 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wacky mystery in Florida featuring PI Aaron Katz, a Wall Street financier turned innkeeper. With his snooping girlfriend, Sukie Sperakis, whose ambition is to be a reporter, they discover Russian gangsters who are using T-shirt shops to launder money
The hunger for more : searching for values in an age of greed by Laurence Shames( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to paradise : a novel by Laurence Shames( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedy on a tourist mistaken for a mobster. Both men are called Big Al and both are on holiday in Key West, Florida, their names prominently displayed on the license plate of their cars. The bouncers sent to rough up Al become confused
Not fade away : a short life well lived by Laurence Shames( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of the founder of Liberty Media, from his protests against the Vietnam War and his jam sessions with Sha Na Na through his work as a political consultant and businessman and his battle against cancer
Sunburn : a novel by Laurence Shames( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York mobster Vincente Delgatto goes to Florida to mourn the death of his wife. While in the sun he hires a journalist to ghostwrite his memoirs. The novel chronicles the reaction of his acquaintances to news that he is about to spill secrets. From the mob to the FBI, everyone is in a panic
Florida straits : a novel by Laurence Shames( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man is caught in a fight between his brother and a Mafia boss
Tropical depression by Laurence Shames( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murray Zemelman, aka the Bra King, gives up his trophy wife and boring lingerie business in New Jersey for Key West. There, he meets an Indian and together they cook up a plan to build a casino on an alligator-infested island which is part of tribal land. Problem is, other reptiles want in on the deal, including the local mafioso. By the author of Sunburn
The big time : the Harvard Business School's most successful class and how it shaped America by Laurence Shames( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Big Time: The Harvard Business School's Most Successful Class & How It Shaped America -- Shames' debut book, examining the fabled "class the dollars fell on," was named one of Newsweek's 10 Best in 1986, and remains a seminal study of American privilege and power. With elite schools and corporate boardrooms as its starting point, the volume offers a compelling social history of a confident nation at the height of its swagger
Scavenger reef by Laurence Shames( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presumed dead after a boating accident, Key West artist Augie Silver suddenly returns, angering the owners of original Augie Silver paintings who were prepared to profit from his demise
Mangrove squeeze by Laurence Shames( Recording )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Suki writes an expose on the Key West black market, she is strangled and left for dead. Her only hope rests on senile Sam Katz and octagenarian, ex-mobster Bert the Shirt
Scavenger Reef by Laurence Shames( Recording )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artist Augie Silver's friends are ostensibly grief-stricken when he drowns in a shipwreck off Scavenger Reef, but most of them are nervous because his body wasn't found. They have too much to gain by his death
Welcome to paradise by Laurence Shames( Recording )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A moffia boss and an unsuspecting furniture salesman have two things in common: a vanity license plate labeled "Big Al" and a vaction in Key West. When two goons are sent to ruin Big Al's vacation, it's not long before they target the wrong guy.--
The naked detective by Laurence Shames( Recording )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The retired Pete Amsterdam isn't really a private investigator. But he has a license, a gun, and a listing in the phone book- all so he can write-off his wine cellar as an 'office.' While soaking in his hot tub and rethinking his earlier tennis match, the inevitable blonde in distress comes calling, and Pete is reluctantly pulled into his first case. Feeling trapped by the conventions of detective stories, Pete stumbles his way through the Key West crime scene, hardly realizing the danger he's in
Living large : a big man's ideas on weight, success, and acceptance by Michael S Berman( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poignant, funny, and, above all, honest look at obesity from the inside out. Is it the goal of life to be thin, or to be happy? In this inspiring story, those two elusive goals become one, as a fat man learns acceptance, loses the guilt, and gains the wisdom to manage his weight. A self-proclaimed "fat man" who is also a happy man--successful in his career, marriage, and friendships--Mike Berman has earned his insight and peace of mind through decades of personal struggle. Here, this well-known political activist and Washington lobbyist never shies away from the pain and daunting challenges of being seriously overweight. But Berman has an important message that he wants to be heard: Fatness is not a moral failing, but a disease; and once it is accepted as such, it can be successfully managed.--From publisher description
Sunburn by Laurence Shames( Recording )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Joey Goldman's illegitimate father--a nefarious godfather from New York--decides he's had it with the mob, Joey gets the bright idea of letting his reporter friend Arty Magnus write the Don's memoirs
Florida straits by Laurence Shames( Recording )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Key West for the summer, New York wiseguy Joey Goldman teams up with his half-brother, Gino--who is on the lam from the mob--and foolishly agrees to be the fall guy in Gino's latest scheme
Virgin heat by Laurence Shames( Recording )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After ratting on Mafia Godfather Paul Amaro, Sal Martucci skips out of the Witness Protection Progam and is now tending a bar in Key West, Florida, and running some rackets on the side with local mobsters. Angelina, Paul Amaro's daughter, is secretly in love with Sal and comes to Key West to find him
Tropical depression by Laurence Shames( Recording )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murray Zemelman leaves his beautiful second wife in New Jersey, returning to Key West. There he meets a Native American who needs Murray to help him open a gambling casino in a swamp area. They fight off a mafia boss and dirty senator as Murray tries to win back his first wife
 
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The naked detective : a novel
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Shames, Larry

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Virgin heat : a novelMangrove squeezeWelcome to paradise : a novelNot fade away : a short life well livedSunburn : a novelFlorida straits : a novelTropical depressionThe big time : the Harvard Business School's most successful class and how it shaped America