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Matanzas Bay
     

Matanzas Bay

4.7 4
by Parker Francis
 
When PI Quint Mitchell volunteered to help with an archaeological survey in St. Augustine, he didn't count on digging up a murder victim. In the nation's oldest city, Mitchell discovers links to ancient sins, comes face to face with his own past, and unleashes powerful forces that will do anything to keep their secrets-even if it means taking his life.
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When PI Quint Mitchell volunteered to help with an archaeological survey in St. Augustine, he didn't count on digging up a murder victim. In the nation's oldest city, Mitchell discovers links to ancient sins, comes face to face with his own past, and unleashes powerful forces that will do anything to keep their secrets-even if it means taking his life.
In this award-winning debut mystery, author Parker Francis taps into an undercurrent of violence hidden behind the sleepy façade of the historic town. When Mitchell's friend, the City Archaeologist, is charged with a brutal murder, he must find the true killer while fighting inner demons and the corrosive residue of racial violence dating back to the Civil Rights Movement.
As he learns, St. Augustine was birthed in blood-Matanzas means "place of slaughter" in Spanish-and violence is never far from the surface.

Editorial Reviews

David Poyer
“Matanzas Bay is a Chinatown-like hall of mirrors of murder, conspiracy, and land development in St. Augustine.”
David Poyer, author of Ghosting and The Towers
Julie Compton
"Parker Francis has created in Quint Mitchell a protagonist you'll root for from page one ... takes the reader on an intriguing journey through the quaint, historic town of St. Augustine, Florida, where one wrong move can mean swimming with political sharks or becoming a midnight snack for the resident alligators. With ever-increasing suspense and enough plot twists to keep you wondering 'til the end."
Julie Compton, author of Tell No Lies and Rescuing Olivia
Michael Wiley
“Matanzas Bay is as intricate and full of surprises as an archeological dig into old Florida’s treasures and new Florida’s darkest secrets. Francis’s private detective Quint Mitchell has hard edges, an anguished past, and just the right amount of wise-cracking good humor to keep readers smiling. Matanzas Bay is a page turner to the end.”
Michael Wiley, author of A Bad Night’s Sleep and the Joe Kozmarski novels
William Kerr
“A compelling read that rushes you along the narrow streets and darkened alleyways of St. Augustine, Florida. The novel's true-to-life, blood-spattered protagonist, P. I. Quint Mitchell, takes you on an exciting and suspenseful ride through the "Ancient City," one you won't soon forget.”
William Kerr, author of the Matt Berkeley series
Dianne Neral Ell
"With murder as the opponent, political aspirations take a deadly turn in Mantanzas Bay. Using St. Augustine’s history as a backdrop, Parker Francis has created a well-crafted, richly haunting tale of revenge, greed and family secrets, certain to keep you turning the pages."
Dianne Neral Ell, author of The Exhibit

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983433613
Publisher:
Windrusher Hall Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
1,295,947
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Parker Francis is the pen name of author Victor DiGenti. Look for his new series of Quint Mitchell Mysteries is as well as the upcoming short story collection, So Dark As One’s Heart. Readers know DiGenti for his award-winning Windrusher trilogy. As an unpublished manuscript, Matanzas Bay won the 2007 Josiah W. Bancroft, Sr. Award, and was named a Book of the Year in the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition. He lives in Florida.

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Matanzas Bay 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner. Enjoyed the book. Was familiar with many of the localities in the book
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AnneB53 More than 1 year ago
Vic DiGenti (writing as Parker Frances) brings murder, mayhem and mystery to the Ancient City. Set in historic St. Augustine (the nation's oldest continuously settled European settlement), PI Quint Mitchell uncovers a dead body, nasty secrets, and ugly small town politics when he discovers a body while volunteering at an archeological dig. Hopefully, this is the first in a series featuring Quint, a good guy who discovers evil and tries to make things right. This is a great read!