Death Cruiseby Daniel Anderson
Private Investigator McFadden receives a frantic phone call from the president of a Miami-based cruise line. Two employees
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Death Cruise is a riveting, fast-paced story that features Los Angeles PI Chauncey McFadden and has already received literary acclaim including the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Award, First Place—Unpublished Mystery.
Private Investigator McFadden receives a frantic phone call from the president of a Miami-based cruise line. Two employees have been killed in port and Chauncey is hired to solve those crimes and prevent further atrocities. The portly, wisecracking Chauncey has limited homicide experience, but naively accepts this job thinking it will be little more than a free vacation. However, things quickly fall apart as the body count climbs onboard ship and in Caribbean island ports of call. A shipment of drugs being smuggled into Miami disappears from the ship before its delivery which unleashes a vengeful vendetta upon everyone in its path.
This riveting, fast-paced story is propelled by a myriad of twisting, intertwined plots which include a secret drug-smuggling cartel with voodoo roots that deals with its enemies in vicious ritualistic fashion, an aging silver screen legend obsessed with revenge who has a lethal secret and is not what he appears to be, a powerful corporate takeover artist thwarted in his recent attempt to seize control of the cruise line, and an international assassin for hire who thwarts prosecution with a novel approach to murder.
From Jamaica, Curacao, Venezuela, Barbados, Martinique, the U. S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic, Chauncey barely escapes three attempts on his own life and muddles through a maze of murder to solve not only his original homicide assignment, but a host of other crimes as well.
Death Cruise is a serious, literate mystery written in a humorous vein. It soars in originality and entertainment value, and has been cited for being more than a great mystery—great fiction as well.
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Meet the Author
Dan Anderson was born in Vidalia, Georgia—“The Onion Capital of the World”. His family moved to Florida at an early age to escape the publicity of such a famous place. His fascination with humor was prompted by his election as Wittiest Senior in his high school (he was too chubby for Most Athletic, too ugly for Most popular, and too dumb for Most Likely to Succeed).
Following graduation, he bluffed his way through college thanks to curricula outlines (think Cliff’s Notes) and buying the notes of students who had actually attended class. After college, he was drafted and served with the Americal Infantry Division in Vietnam. However, he was shipped back to the states when it became apparent that his lethargic military skills had no discernible positive impact upon the war. He obtained his MBA by milking the G. I. Bill until his educational benefits ran out.
Forced to seek employment, and lacking demonstrable talents, he found a career with decent pay and low demands: an executive position with a large financial corporation. When it became evident that he was an imposter in the area of leadership and decision-making, he was downsized. He then wandered into investment sales with another company and succeeded. This was a surprise to his colleagues since he rarely showed up at the office and scheduled few client appointments to avoid overtaxing himself.
Having honed his writing skills completing unemployment applications and fictitious resumes, it was only natural that he would become an author of fiction. Bad Vibrations, his first mystery, has won multiple literary awards including the Books and Authors Best Mystery Book of the Year, the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Award Best Published Mystery Award, and the Independent Publishers IPPY Book Award—Silver Medal, Best Regional Fiction. Death Cruise is following in the footsteps of his predecessor in terms of literary recognition, and popular and critical acclaim..
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When two of his employees are mysteriously killed, the president of a Miami-based cruise line places a frantic call to private detective Chauncey McFadden, desperate to hire him to solve the crime. Even though he has limited experience with homicides, Chauncey gladly accepts the offer, thinking that the job will amount to little more than a free vacation; however, when he crosses paths with the likes of an international assassin, a corporate takeover artist, and a voodoo-based drug-smuggling cartel, the low-rent detective soon realizes that his latest venture will be anything but relaxing... Death Cruise is a thoroughly entertaining crime thriller. Through a skillful combination of intersecting plotlines and unsavory - though highly irresistible - characters, author Dan Anderson presents the reader with a deliciously intriguing case of whodunit set on the high seas. With the bulk of the story carried on his stout, portly shoulders, Chauncey serves as quite the compelling protagonist, one who may appear more like a league bowler than an ace detective - but whose intelligence and crime-solving prowess cannot be denied. Deftly suspenseful - and surprisingly humorous - Death Cruise is a standout mystery read. Highly recommended. Renee Washburn Apex Reviews
I just read the e-book version of Death Cruise, and let me get right to the point: Mr. Anderson is the best mystery writer in the country right now. His plots are fantastic, his characters are so vividly drawn that they jump right off the page, and the writing exceeds anything else you'll find in the genre. I'll give you an example. Chauncey, the PI, meets an attractive Miami police officer in her office and describes her departing figure as follows: "Following her was not hard duty. She had long well-toned legs, a compact derriere, and a walk that would have diverted any randy Hamlin rat from the Pied Piper's entourage." The book sparkles with such descriptions. The humor is infectious and enlivens the text immeasurably. His books always begin with a captivating sentence that immediately captures your attention and don't let go until you reach the last page. In Death Cruise, the CEO of a Miami-based cruise line calls Chauncey to investigate the murder of a couple of cruise line employees in port, and prevent further promised murders at the hands of a mysterious caller named Zunimba. Chauncey barely gets aboard when the bodies begin to pile up on the ship and on Caribbean islands. Anderson's description of Chauncey's fellow passengers are priceless and will have you in stitches. He is either an experienced cruise passenger or else has done his research well. You will learn more about cruising reading this book than by actually taking a cruise. I won't give anything else away. You'll have to read Death Cruise for yourself. I run across very few books that entertain me so thoroughly. My only complaint is that Mr. Anderson can't turn out a book every month. I am a fan for life and recommend Death Cruise without reservation.