Key West P.I. Gideon Lowry is no longer drowning his sorrow in rum these days. He's just drowning, and in desperate need of a lifesaver. Enter Katy Morgan of a local escort service, just the woman to see him through another lonely night. But by the morning after, it's Katy who hits rock bottom - her body is found on the kitchen floor of her trailer, way beyond anyone's help. The gruesome discovery plunges Gideon into a quarter-million-dollar mystery that leads from the treacherous currents of an offshore treasure-salvaging operation, to the dark secret haunting Katy's family, and down the twisted island path of an explosive sex scandal.
Gideon vows to bring the truth behind Katy's death to the surface - even if it means swimming with the sharks in a rising tide of Key West secrets, corruption, and betrayal.
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Another great Gideon Lowry mystery and performance
Overlooked solid book
I had never heard of this book or the series before, and they seem to have been overlooked in the 1990s when they were first written. That is a shame and I plan to get the earlier novels in the series. This was a really solid book with good pacing, tight plot, and interesting characters. I found it to be not quite hard-boiled or dark as noir, it's a little softer on the edges. That made it a smooth read. You don't walk away from it feeling depressed.
Gideon Lowry is a very interesting and well-developed character. He is ultimately very likable. He feels like a guy you want to have around. He is not judgmental and due to his own past, gives people a real fair shake.
I really enjoyed David A. Woods' performance. I am surprised I haven't heard from him before. I think he fits the series really well like Richard Ferrone with John Sandford's Lucas Davenport books or Joe Barrett with Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride series. I can easily imagine seeing his name on other books. He does a good job with the pacing and characters. Everyone is distinct, but I'm not overwhelmed.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
- Eric Hunley