“Dawson’s suspenseful story builds momentum like an ocean wave. Readers are advised to dive right in.” Publishers Weekly
“Mother/daughter feuds, family solidarity, an ecological mystery: Dawson blends these familiar ingredients with a chef’s élan.” Kirkus Reviews
Even private eyes take vacations. So Jeri Howard heads for Monterey for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Some vacation. Some sicko is mutilating pelicans. Her mother’s fancy restaurant is being sabotaged. And Jeri's cousin Bobby is the number one suspect when his girlfriend’s body washes ashore on the rocks near Big Sur.
It’s never a good idea to turn your back on the ocean.
When PI Jeri Howard makes a rare visit to her mother in Monterey, she expects to catch up on family visits and good eating at her mother's popular restaurant. What she gets, though, is involvement in murder, ugly sabotage attempts at the upscale eatery, and some really nasty wildlife destruction . . . Cerebral deduction and physical danger combine to hold your interest from the beginning.
In elementary school, Janet Dawson wrote mysteries in longhand on lined binder paper, influenced by those blue-backed Nancy Drew books she devoured. Now Janet writes about private investigator Jeri Howard. Her first book, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for Best Private Eye Novel, and was nominated for Shamus, Anthony and Macavity awards. Other books include Till The Old Men Die, Take A Number, Don't Turn Your Back On The Ocean, Nobody's Child, A Credible Threat, Where The Bodies Are Buried, A Killing At The Track, and the latest entry in the series, Bit Player.
Janet was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Colorado. With a journalism degree from the University of Colorado, she worked as a newspaper reporter, then joined the Navy. An enlisted journalist, she wrote news and features in public affairs offices in Guam and Pensacola, FL. As an officer, her duties took her to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives in Alameda. Janet has a master's degree in history from California State University East Bay and can't think of anything she wants to study enough to go back to grad school. She currently works at the University of California.