David Beckwith

Profile Updated: June 29, 2017
Residing In: Little Torch Key, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Nancy (deceased)
Homepage: www.davidwbeckwith.com
Occupation: retired securities principal and broker
Children: Aimee, born 1987
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I spent 40 years as a securities principal and as a broker and retired from active practice once and for all at the end of 2015. I am now living the island dream, residing full time on Little Torch Key near Key West, Florida. Our daughter, Aimee, is working in Austin, Texas.
My first book, A New Day In The Delta, was released in March 2009 by the University of Alabama Press. My second book, A Hurricane Conspiracy, which was a joint effort with my wife, was originally released in 2010 and has recently been re-released in paperback form. A Calculated Conspiracy was released in 2011. It too was re-released in paperback before Christmas 2015. A Narcotic Conspiracy was released in January 2016. Details and reviews on all can be found on www.davidwbeckwith.com as well as Amazon and are available in all e-book formats. A Cosmetic Conspiracy was released in early 2017. A Jamaican Conspiracy was released in April 2017. A Ransom Conspiracy is scheduled for a 2018 release. I have finished working on the 8th book in the series, A Cover-up Conspiracy as well as the ninth book A Treasure Conspiracy.
Mother died in June of 2014 after having a massive stroke in Greenville. I occasionally visit Mississippi to visit my brother, Bill, who is a nationally known bronze monument sculptor in Taylor, Mississippi. Bill was prominently featured in the book Mississippians II, received the lifetime achievement award in 2013 from the Greenville Arts Council, and became the 2014 recipient of the Noel Pol Lifetime Achievement Award of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. His web site is www.williamnbeckwith.com.
I am a contributing writer with a weekly column for both The Key West Citizen (keysnews.com) and The Florida Free Press.
I look forward to hearing from my former classmates. It's been a wonderful life with more than its share of challenges and good memories. I thank you all for being a part of them.

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A Narcotic Conspiracy by David and Nancy Beckwith
Absolutely Amazing eBooks
$14.99 (softbound) https://amzn.com/B019LNF3QC
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Reviewed by Paul A Clarin (Publisher, Key West Citizen)

If there are three things a dyed-in-the-wool Mississippian loves it is college football, a truly good saga, and that same truly good saga embellished for happy hour. It makes it even better if that truly good tale has a nugget of truth attached to it. The third item on this list is how "A Narcotic Conspiracy" was conceived. After finishing "A Calculated Conspiracy", inspired by the Cay Club story, David and Nancy, retired financial services industry professionals and part-time Keys residents, were looking for a new project. The idea came one afternoon during a happy hour session with their restaurateur neighbors. David was asking about a mysterious usually unoccupied canal-front house and the surrounding vacant lots at the end of their street. Their neighbor informed them that it was one of the notorious "Pegg" holdings. When David asked for more details, he unfolded a Keys myth about how the property once was one of many properties owned by one of the original kings of drug smuggling and the duo credited with conceiving and proposing to the Colombian cartel the mother-ship/daughter-ship method of smuggling where the mother-ship is anchored in international waters and the drugs are ferried to shore on a wide variety of smaller mostly sports vessels.

David began to research the Pegg legend, and the more he read, the more he became fascinated in the case. Within a very short period of time he proposed a novel inspired by and very loosely based on the Pegg story to Nancy as their next Will and Betsy Black project and proposed calling it "A Narcotic Conspiracy".

The next challenge was to create an unusual cast of characters to support desk-jockey and reluctant sleuths, Will and Betsy, in their quest for truth. Ike and Jake Blanchard, smugglers extraordinaire and sometimes philanthropists, soon occupied center stage. Of course, there had to be a dangerous Colombian drug-pin, the surface-polished and oily Adolfo "Al" Soltero and his less refined junior associates returned from "A Calculated Conspiracy". And then they needed a crooked politician. The Highly Exalted Reverend LeRoy Cho-Arturo filled the bill quite well. Other characters began to emerge, the born-again rap singer minister, Doug Bootee, and his assistant, Queisha Hamilton, the wayward niece of a Jamaican thug, were born. Other characters returned from "A Calculated Conspiracy" like Carson "CC" Crowne, the inept super-banker and buffoon, the coffee-drinking, sometimes gossipy Key West police chief, Walter Wanderley and the entrepreneurial jack-of-all-trades-master-of-few, Jason Pearson. Then there is Geoffrey Oliver Watson III, a leading citizen with skeletons in his closet and Ethel Wasson, the waitress who may be something more. Finally, there is the fly in everyone's ointment, the mysterious adventurist/technology and exotic vehicle nut, Mark Dart. No one is quite sure why he's thrown his hat in this ring.

With this mostly motley supporting cast in place, Will and Betsy embark on their latest adventure, the Beckwith's usual mixture of comedy and suspense, as they try to bring order to the whole mess. All in all it's a fun weekend and very Keysy read.

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With fellow panelist Heather Graham NY Times bestselling author who has sold over 17 million books in 20 languages at the 2015 Key West Mystery Writers Festival
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David chatting with NYT bestselling author and teacher Clifford Irving. Irving is primarily remembered for the memoir "The Hoax" in which he tells how he perpetrated the Howard Hughes autobiography hoax. It was later made into a Richard Gere movie. He now writes legal thrillers. Among his students at UCLA were Cary Grant and Betsy Drake.
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