Vacationing ad-man just wants to roam the beach and collect seashells… until he’s dragged into a murder investigation by a beautiful woman.
British Guiana is known for its exotic locales and hot weather—but Barry Dawson would know it for hot diamonds, hot money, dangerous beauties, and murder…
Johnny Edwards arrives too late to save his friend Tony, but he can still avenge him. And with reckless abandon Johnny chases after a smuggling gang.
Steve Bentley’s vacation in the Bahamas turns into a murder investigation, as his host is the chief suspect in the grisly murder of a beautiful singer.
Unlucky drifter agrees to tag along on a rich couple’s fishing excursion. A surplus of booze, too many guns, a rich drunkard and his unhappy wife make for an incendiary mix.
Scuba diver James McGregor is hired to salvage a ship that hasn’t sunk yet. From there, he’s embroiled in dense layers of intrigue, setups and double-crosses.
“There were five of them, each prepared to kill, each with his own reasons for accepting what might well be a suicide mission. The pay? $20,000 apiece. The mission? Find a way into Cuba and kill Castro.”
Here’s one with a lot of promise: a tale of a tropical island, of monstrous sea creatures and Cold War paranoia and an apocalyptic holocaust. That sounds like an amazing book. Sadly, Sea Siege isn’t that book.
This was the most depressing Hard Case Crime, the Hard Case with the least crime in it, and one of the most palpably realistic and pitiable novels I’ve ever written. All I could do was keep reading, like an animal entranced by a car’s headlights, until the bitter end. It’s not a book I could recommend for everyone, but it is a hauntingly beautiful read.