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Patrick Kendrick’s Papa’s Problem 

Take Key West in the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway, a retired Scotland Yard detective, and Jewish people trying to escape Hitler’s Germany.  Then throw in some bad guys, Cuban prostitutes from Havana, and a murder for which Hemingway is accused and you have the makings of Patrick Kendrick’s novel Papa’s Problem.

Kendrick, a career firefighter who writes on the side, originally wrote Papa’s Problem about ten years ago.  In the meantime, the novel has gone through re-writes and edits while he was in the process of developing the main character, Emmett MacWain.

Kendrick has woven a rich tale of mystery and intrigue around the persona of the famous writer, Ernest Hemingway. Creating rich and colorful characters to match the scenery of Key West just before the war, the South Florida writer tells a unique account of mystery and murder, tinged with a taste of local history.

Patrick Kendrick introduces MacWain in this novel.  MacWain, the retired Scotland cop who once honeymooned in Key West, is merely interested in fishing and enjoying the last of his days.  However, a chance encounter with the famous writer puts a crimp in his plans, especially when he meets Hemingway’s wife, Pauline.  After dispatching Ernest in a street fight in front of Hemingway’s house, MacWain has the chance to talk with Pauline momentarily and becomes intrigued.  The next morning finds Ernest passed out with a bloody bayonet in his hands and a dead Cuban call girl in the same room.

Of course Hemingway becomes the primary suspect.  As Kendrick weaves his tale around Key West and the famous writer and the murder, readers will enjoy the account of MacWain coming to Hemingway’s aid.  Many have found Kendrick’s novel a spellbinding story that is a real page-turner once started.  One reader who picked up the book in Key West during the week of Fantasy Fest, emailed the author saying, “The book is fantastic!  I really didn't want to put it down and only did so because I had to.  I loved it and look forward to more Emmet MacWain adventures in the future!”

Papa’s Problem, 306 pages in softcover, is the winner of the Discovery Opus Magnum Award for the best manuscript from the Hollywood Film Festival.  It is available online through at $16.95 plus shipping and handling.  The book is also available through as well as other Internet outlets.