When a young reporter is found murdered, Mobile detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus wonder if there may be more to this slaying than a standard homicide.
Simultaneously, the detectives are drawn into the dealings of the Kincannon family, "picture-perfect" socialites and philanthropists with ties to Ryder's partner . . . and to his journalist girlfriend.
When Ryder is abducted by bizarre and unknown forces, he's given up for dead by all but those closest to him. Digging fast as Ryder's time disappears, they discover a web of connections between the murdered reporter, the dealings of an elusive bearded man, and the charitable enterprises of the Kincannons. The question quickly becomes: What will the perfect family do to protect an image of perfection?
The answer: Whatever it takes.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.64(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.04(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
JACK KERLEY is a writer and avid fisherman. He is the author of critically acclaimed The Hundredth Man and The Death Collectors, both published by Dutton.
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This is the third book by Jack Kerley, and it's also the third the Carson Ryder and Nautilus are in. This is a fast paced novel that won't let you down. The characters as usual are great and very gripping. The story is fresh and compelling with a nice payoff in the end. What's the let down you might ask? It wasn't long enough... It's so fun to follow these very likeable characters you just don't want it to end. If you love a great mystery with terrific characters all of Jack Kerleys novels are must-reads. I for one can't wait for Kerleys next book.
In Mobile, Alabama, two homicide detective teams hear the report from dispatch, each claims the case as theirs. Pace Logan and Tyree Shuttles drag race Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus to the scene as first come investigates. At the crime sight, a slight scuffle occurs, but in the end partners Ryder and Nautilus take the lead on investigating the slashing murder of journalist, Taneesha Franklin. The next morning Carson learns that his girlfriend, TV reporter Dani Danbury was mentoring Taneesha at the station and the two women becaame close friends. --- The few clues the two sleuths uncover lead them to the wealthy scions of great society the philanthropic Kincannon family run by a steel magnolia matriarch whose unhinged sons have no regard for anyone else. The case takes weird spins as others involved with Taneesha died and someone else seems resolved to solve the homicide at any price leading Ryder and Nautilus to wonder if the dinosaur Logan is setting a pace to disrupt theirs even as the veteran team finds they too are targets of a seeming psychopath. --- The third Ryder-Nautilus police procedural is a solid whodunit that fans of the sub-genre will enjoy though it doesn¿t achieve the level of its predecessors (see THE HUNDREDTH MAN and THE DEATH COLLECTORS). The teammates still work well together, which becomes obvious when they are forced into a temporary separation. However, this time around all roads lead to the same center, A GARDEN OF VAPERS filled with the Kincannon brood. Thus fans of the series will be slightly disappointed as the anticipated chilling spin never comes Jack Kerley has spoiled his fans as this novel is still a strong investigative tale. --- Harriet Klausner