Thursday, August 13, 2009
Amazon.com Link for Pelican Point
Life is good for Webb Sawyer. Until he gets hit over the head in the Nags Head Pier parking lot. Until a mercenary from Colombia, and three of the Colombian's friends try to kill him and burn down his house at Blue Heron Marsh. Until his son goes missing while trying to track down the killer of a university professor, a murder for which his son Preston is under suspicion.
This book is nothing less than amazing. Pelican Point starts out as a laid back easy mystery. Webb Sawyer, along with his cat Basil, spends his days boating and fishing. His son is suddenly under suspicion for the murder of a college professor, and Webb needs to use his network of friends and his own expertise (read that as temper!) to help his son. But what starts out as an easy going mystery suddenly explodes into a powerful crime drama.
The book has interesting, well-developed characters. Webb is retired career Army, rather unpredictable, and rough around the edges. Preston, who normally lives with his mother and step-father, struggles with Webb for that father/son relationship. It is an honest and hard look at the relationship between the son and the noncustodial parent.
The author has a wonderful dry sense of humor which is evident throughout the book. His rich description of the inner and outer coastal areas and fishing in North Carolina was magnificent. From start to finish the story has twists and turns I never expected. I look forward to reading more from this author.