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Black Water (A Mitch Mitchell Mystery)

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A drowned man is a dead man...so how did this one disappear?

Meet Michelle "Mitch" Mitchell— tough, young single mom and a gutsy deepwater diver. As a favor to her hometown sheriff, Mitch has agreed to an ugly job; diving in the black waters of Michigan's Huron Harbor.

Mitch descends into the murky darkness of the Odawa River to find Jimmy Calderon, who ran his car off a rain-slicked road. The car is there, but Jimmy isn't. The police call it ...

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Overview

A drowned man is a dead man...so how did this one disappear?

Meet Michelle "Mitch" Mitchell— tough, young single mom and a gutsy deepwater diver. As a favor to her hometown sheriff, Mitch has agreed to an ugly job; diving in the black waters of Michigan's Huron Harbor.

Mitch descends into the murky darkness of the Odawa River to find Jimmy Calderon, who ran his car off a rain-slicked road. The car is there, but Jimmy isn't. The police call it an "unfortunate accident," but Mitch thinks there's a lot more to it. She may getting in over her head, but she knows the answers lie deep under the deadly...

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"A remarkably gripping climax."—Publishers Weekly

"Mitch is an engaging heroine."—Kirkus Reviews

Wes Lukowsky
To a diver, black water is a potential nightmare. Michelle "Mitch" Mitchell opts to contend with that nightmare when a car slides off the road into a deepwater hole. Mitch's background as a Gulf Coast oil-rig diver puts her at the top of a short list of those willing to search for a body. There isn't one, but the man who rented the car, Jimmy Calderon, is missing. He may have been the illegitimate son of the late Owen McClain, patriarch of the area's wealthiest family. He made it to the widow McClain's home, discussed his parentage with her, and left angry and drunk. But if he did have an accident, where is the body? Calderon's brother, Ray, helps Mitch undertake the search. They soon begin to feel that Jimmy's disappearance is no accident. This is the second Mitchell novel, and it is not as entertaining as the first. Still, as a small-town exercise in murder, it's better than most. Allyn is a high-quality writer sure to overcome this small misstep.
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Young ex-con Jimmy Calderon came from Savannah to Michigan's upper peninsula to confront his wealthy birth father, Owen McClain. But now the boy himself has gone missing, leaving behind only his rented car sunk in the Odawa River. Jimmy's brother Ray, following his trail, is sure the McClains did away with the kid, and he's almost persuaded restauranteur/diver Michelle "Mitch" Mitchell to take up his cause and maybe even to fall in love with him. But the McClains, still smarting from their missing patriarch's desertion from his Vietnam combat unit 30 years ago, are ruthless enemies, and what they can't buy or bully they're willing to destroy.

Not a patch on Allyn's peerless short stories; though Mitch (Icewater Mansions, 1995) is an engaging series heroine, the solution to this case seems to come from deep left field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312961503
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1997
  • Series: Mitch Mitchell Mysteries Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Allyn is the author of two previous novels, Motown Underground and The Cheerio Killings, featuring a Detroit police detective as well as the first Mitch Mitchell mystery, Icewater Mansions. A number of his short stories have won national awards, including the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. His "day job" is a night one; Allyn is a professional musician who travels with his wife, Eve, singer and bass player, and their rock band around the Midwest. The author lives in Montrose, Michigan.

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