Close-hauled — Michael Robert­son

Cruising World - - Underway -

(2016; Jack Tar Pub­lish­ing; $14.99 pa­per­back, $2.99 e-book)

Re­mem­ber Travis Mcgee, the hard-boiled live­aboard pro­tag­o­nist who pre­vailed through 21 John D. Mac­don­ald crime/ mys­tery/de­tec­tive books? Sadly he’s frozen in time, but read­ers hun­gry for more now have a new pro­tag­o­nist: Sim Greene, a mod­ern-day live­aboard sailor in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. In this first in­stall­ment of a se­ries I’m ea­ger to con­sume, Sim Greene finds a mur­der vic­tim out­side Ven­tura Har­bor. Right away, the dis­cov­ery shoves him down a twist­ing, un­know­able path that pits his in­tel­li­gence and in­tu­ition against those deter­mined to take not just his life, but also the lives of those close to him.

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