The Body in Blackwater Bay

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Convalescing after suffering a gunshot wound, Detective Lieutenant Jack Stryker and his girlfriend are spending two weeks in the Blackwater Bay area of the Great Lakes. But when a body washes ashore, Jack is obliged to get out of his hammock and help the local sheriff find the killer.

For 20 years, American-born Paula Gosling has lived in England, producing classic British mysteries with deft plots and heart-stopping suspense. Now she brings back one of her ...

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Overview

Convalescing after suffering a gunshot wound, Detective Lieutenant Jack Stryker and his girlfriend are spending two weeks in the Blackwater Bay area of the Great Lakes. But when a body washes ashore, Jack is obliged to get out of his hammock and help the local sheriff find the killer.

For 20 years, American-born Paula Gosling has lived in England, producing classic British mysteries with deft plots and heart-stopping suspense. Now she brings back one of her best-loved characters, Detective Jack Stryker, in a thrilling tale of murder and intrigue set on an idyllic Great Lakes island.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gosling ( Death Penalties ) sets up a subtle variation on a locked-room mystery on tiny Paradise Island in the Great Lakes, as Midwest detective Jack Stryker puzzles with an array of subplots and suggestions of psychological menace lurking in the backwoods (or, here, backwaters). On remote Paradise, the cottages are generally handed down among the island's original families; a narrow bridge keeps out most of the rest of the world, while the pungent, boglike Mush nearby turns away developers. Stryker, recovering from a gunshot wound, is there with his girlfriend; Daria Gray, an artist, has returned from New York to escape her psychotic husband, who, she says, is hunting her. Meanwhile, a mysterious bid is made for the Mush and the secretive Wilberforces move in, building fences and hiring security men and guard dogs. Fluidly cutting from one plot to another, Gosling adeptly juggles business intrigue, small-town gossip and psychological trickery. Stryker remains a genuine, low-key pleasure and the islanders represent a beguiling cross-section of society. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892964598
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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