Sports writer turned investigative journalist Tucker Lee Anderson
(from Beneath The Dune) is back!
Synopsis: In Florida, Interstate 95 snakes from the Georgia state line to Miami in an uninterrupted run of coastal cities. The country that lies west of the interstate however is often referred to as a wasteland, a no-man's territory fit only for those who can stand the dank heat of a swamp. So when Judge Arnold Galley and his consortium seem intent on acquiring over a million and a half acres of this fetid real estate just west of the highway, many heads begin to turn. Why does he want it so bad?
That question intrigues Tucker Lee Anderson, a divorced sports reporter down on his luck. Not long after his discovery of the judge's prodigious real estate lust, he finds himself plunged into the middle of a massive murder cover-up that involves the magistrate as well. Suddenly, the sports scribe has turned into an undercover investigative reporter who must piece together the puzzle to find out why so many people want or need the judge'scoastal access.
The mystery's roots are deep and old. To crack the case, Tucker will have to draw on the knowledge contained in his family's Deep Southern lineage, which dates back to a time before the Civil War. He is aided in his quest by Craig, a detective and childhood friend, whose law enforcement connections will prove invaluable for his investigation and even for his own personal safety.
Yet Tucker's most startling source of help is a mysterious stranger named Doug. After being presumed dead for decades, he has returned to Florida for unexplained reasons. Eventually, Tucker will find that Doug plays an unexpectedly large role in his life and will let him understand how his fate is intimately tied to the real estate greed of the judge's consortium.
A Little About the Book From the Author: "I wrote this book," says Walter," for the pure enjoyment of my fans. After the success of Beneath The Dune, many readers wanted me to continue with the Magnum P.I. like character, Tucker Lee Anderson.
I enjoy incorporating "real" locations into my novel that people can recognize. Even though the characters are fictitious, the locations are real and people can identify and relate to the locations. History of the selected areas is also authentic.
Review: Was I one of the many asking Walter to bring back Tucker? You Betcha! So it probably should be NO surprise that I raced through this book in 2 hours FLAT! Yup, I could NOT put it down! It has everything: suspense, plot, characters you LIKE and hate, political greed and history. Yup, it's a humdinger!
The book ties into the first book, and if you know the back history of the first book, it is really helpful to see some of the power play ahead of the novice reader to the series (I am assuming there will be more Tucker books, hint hint!), which also helped me to read the book as quickly as I did. But having said that, it isn't a requirement. Personally I liked how both books tied into each other.
I liked how Ramsay's female characters are true Southern women- strong, resourceful and not a wall flower among them! It's great to see a male author making his female characters just as interesting as his lead characters! In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see movie rights picked up for the 2 books and made into a movie! This is a great end of Summer read!
About the Author: As a long time teacher and coach in New Jersey, Walter praises public education and the dynamic students it produces. When not at the Jersey Shore, Walter is a part time resident of the Central Florida coast. He became enamored with the beauty, culture, and people of this pristine area over 30 years ago, when traveling the Florida coast from Saint Augustine to Key West from his father's home in Daytona Beach. He still can't get enough. He has vigilantly taken the time to delve into the history of this beautiful coastline and incorporated that background into his writings. For more, check out his website: www.walterramsay.com
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