Deadly Eyes

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James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, Rosie, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff's eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie's cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.

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Overview

James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, Rosie, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff's eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie's cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.

But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.

The twists and turns are many, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions. Cuff and Rosie are relentlessly pursued by a diabolical force that shows them no mercy. Do these two good people stand a chance against such sheer evil?

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Editorial Reviews

The Kindle Book Review - Marilou George
"The ride is fast and furious and the outcome will leave you blindsided....I recommend Deadly Eyes to all readers for its fast paced action coupled with the mesmerizing and intense suspense."
Goodreads - Beth Cutwright
"As a mystery suspense novel this book was out of the ball park EXCELLENT!!! oodles of suspense...a dash of horror and a mystery right up to the end! Mystery suspense just doesn't get any better than this!"
Amazon - Nick Russell
"Michael Meyer has done it again, weaving a fascinating tale of murder and intrigue in the tropical paradise of St. Croix that will keep you turning the page to the very end."
Amazon - Donald Everetti
"This is an excellent example of good writing that will keep you guessing until the very end. This is another 5-star book by a 5-star writer."
Amazon - Monica Calangian
"All in all, it was a gripping, page-turning novel that mystery and suspense thriller fans will enjoy....I admit at this point that Meyer is a genius in his craft."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477535677
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Meyer recently retired from a 40-year career as a professor of writing, amassing numerous teaching awards along the way from both his students and his colleagues. Many years ago, he was a college student in Germany. He has since visited Munich numerous times. He also was a professor at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. In addition, he was a writing professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix campus. The locales he writes about in both COVERT DREAMS and DEADLY EYES are real. He lives in the Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two other cats.

You can follow Mike on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMeyersWritingLife

You can listen to Mike read the first chapter of each of his books, watch trailers of each of his books, and listen to Mike talk about a wide variety of topics related to the characters, locales, and plots of his books on his Pinterest site:
http://pinterest.com/temmike/#

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

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    "Deadly Eyes" is a murder mystery, thriller that keeps

    "Deadly Eyes" is a murder mystery, thriller that keeps you guessing till the end. Filled with intense suspense, twists and turns, Michael pens his plot smooth flowing with characters that are relatable and believable. A nice fast read for all mystery/suspense fans.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I am so glad that I read this book and I will try to tell you wh

    I am so glad that I read this book and I will try to tell you why without giving away any spoilers. First of all, let me tell you that I borrowed the book from Amazon Prime/Kindle. (That was an experience for an old lady not technically inclined, but Amazon support is terrific and helped me through the first time process!)

    Deadly Eyes was one of the best thought out books and offered so many twists and turns...the suspense was incredible! When I first sat down to enjoy and savor this mystery suspense novel, it took me back to the 40's and 50's and I could literally hear the voice of Darren McGavin narrating the read in my head. I liked that, as it used to be all the copper shows were narrated in similar style. The characters were real, and I really enjoyed the character of James Cuff. He was smart and trusted his senses but had no clue who was out to get him and it indeed was a perfect plan to destroy a life! I liked his honesty with the women he was involved with. I loved the plot line and the fact that for once, I hadn't figured the ending of the story! As a mystery suspense novel this book was out of the ball park EXCELLENT!!! oodles of suspense...a dash of horror and a mystery right up to the end! Mystery suspense just doesn't get any better than this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Michael Meyer has once again managed to pull me into a story tha

    Michael Meyer has once again managed to pull me into a story that totally catches me off guard in the end. The ride is fast and furious and the outcome will leave you blindsided.




    James Cuffy “Cuff” has re-located to St. Croix to start his life over after an unfortunate turn of events in Dubuque. Cuff is approached by a man he has never met and is offered a job he hesitantly accepts. This decision will drastically alter his life on this beautiful Caribbean Island. For Cuff and his girlfriend Rosie life as they know it takes a treacherous turn.




    The mystery and intrigue in this book is palpable. The writing flows seamlessly as the story unfolds and holds you captive. The characters of Cuff and Rosie are multi-layered and defined in such a fashion that I felt a great compassion for them. The supporting characters in the story are drawn with a fine hand and contribute to the intensity as the story progresses. The descriptive journey on the Island of St. Croix paints a striking landscape for the backdrop of the story.




    I recommend Deadly Eyes to all readers for its fast paced action coupled with the mesmerizing and intense suspense.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

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    ****I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest re

    ****I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.****
    " The Caribbean sun was hot, but the gentle trade winds and cold Heineken made
    everything just perfect. The little island of St. Croix truly was paradise in the flesh.
    “I’ve got a proposition for you.”
    Cuff looked up at the man’s paunch. “You’re talking to the wrong guy.”
    “It’s not what you’re thinking.”
    Cuff let his silence do his talking for him.
    “One hundred bucks in it for you, for six hours of your time.” "
    It all started with a seemingly strange but innocent conversation. Cuff has escaped to the island of St. Croix to get away from the false accusation that ruined his life and career and finds himself in a situation he never imagined.
    Hang on for a ride! This book wasn't without it's flaws but all in all was an enjoyable book. There were a lot of repeated phrases and facts which was the main cause for the 3 star rating, but the story kept me hooked and reading till the end. A promising mystery writer!

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    This was an interesting read: creating great imagery and beauty

    This was an interesting read: creating great imagery and beauty in the natural world then whacking you in the gut with some horrible event, keeping the reader off balance.  The juxtaposition of the beauty and friendliness of island life against dangers from nature and man are so well intertwined that you just start to relax when you are reminded, not always kindly, that caution and awareness of your surroundings is necessary. 




    The main character, Cuff, was perfectly depicted if difficult to engage with early in the story: his gruff façade placed him in a bit of a rut, and only as the story continues do we see his character deepen and reveal more of the person within, and just how the effects of his life experiences have fueled his initial introductions.  He grew on me as I puzzled through his interactions and started to see the man beneath the exterior, as he too struggled with the events as they unfolded.




    Secondary characters were also given careful thought, providing traits and stories that gave the reader a sense of reality and empathy; each one stood distinct and clear, and provided a whole host of characters to consider as suspect or potential victim.  When the twists and turns started to appear in never ending waves, the complicated webs of motive and opportunity enhanced the story and made the pages fly by.  Additionally, the oft repeated “ the eyes, the deadly eyes of St. Croix” held a tensile, near hypnotic rhythm: reminiscent of Poe’s The Raven, serving to reinforce the menace. 




    Well plotted and detailed, I was surprised by the lack of satisfaction I had in the ending, not a neatly wrapped package with a full sense of justice being dealt that satisfied my need for resolution. The longer I am away from the book, the more it feels justified and realistic, where the need for humanity often can outweigh the need for retribution.  Then the second ending created a different reaction, while not wholly satisfying either, the non-stop action and details all fit a touch too conveniently, and didn’t feel as well attached to the story.  It does, however, require that you read them both, and make your own choices or meld the two for a better personal feel. While I preferred the first, and found it the ending that stayed with me long after the last page was turned. 




    The unique structure, clever characters and ebb and flow of action, environment and tension is different to many mystery / thrillers that I have read, but will please fans of the genre in unexpected ways.  Meyer has created a page-turning story that doesn’t skimp on details, characters or twists that keep readers guessing. 




    I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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