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Papa's Problem CoverIn depression era Key West, Ernest “Papa” Hemingway becomes embroiled in a plot that involves illegal gambling and smuggling refugees when he finds himself the suspect in the murder of a Cuban prostitute. Working with the mysterious former Scotland Yard inspector, Emmet MacWain, they delve into the dark side of this sunny paradise and find the answers that may help save hundreds of innocent lives as well as their own. MacWain meets Pauline Hemingway and falls in love with her and sets up a conundrum: if he helps clear Hemingway of the murder, he will also lose Pauline. This novel won the Florida Book Award and the Hollywood Film Festival Award.

“Rarely have I been so riveted as I have been with Patrick Kendrick’s story of Key West, Ernest Hemingway, Cuba, murder, and the plight of the Eastern European Jews who sought refuge in Cuba.

Kendrick writes like the love child of Elmore Leonard and Barbara Taylor Bradford.”
– Parker Ladd-former host The Palm Beach Author Series.

PAPA’S PROBLEM is available from Amazon, ACX and the author’s website.


Patrick Kendrick worked an entire career in the fire service before retiring to write full time. While in the service he also worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles and short stories in numerous newspapers and magazines. One of those assignments brought him into contact with a serial killer that he corresponded with for several years…until the killer began to threaten him and launched a series of lawsuits against him. The killer was eventually murdered in prison but his frightening and graphic “diaries” describing his crimes became the basis of “Extended Family.”

Kendrick was knighted by the Fraternal Order of Police for his articles on crime. He’s won honorable mentions from the Mystery Writers of America and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Opus Magnum Discovery Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Florida Book Award for his first novel, “Papa’s Problem.”

He lives in South Florida and when he is not writing, spends as much time as possible in, on, or under the ocean.