Shot in the Darkby Tony Gibbs
For latter-day sea dog Neal Donahoe, the world's waterways are more than a career. They're a communion. Now, as an officer with Santa Barbara's Harbor Patrol, he's about to find this gift indispensable. For the craft and crew of the DEA's Blue Thunder -- supposedly on a routine bust -- have just met a mysterious and violent end. And Donahoe's lover becomes a human inferno when a hidden bomb blasts her luxury yacht. Now, both chief sleuth and leading suspect, Donahoe joins forces with Coast Guard Lt. Tory Lennox, testing the limits of both police professionalism and civilian passion. From the scuzziest wharf rats to southern California's glittering elite to a drug cabal that stops at nothing, the battle lines will be drawn by the assembled firepower of three Federal fighting forces. But the war will be won -- or lost -- by Donahoe and Troy aboard a solitary thirty-foot sailboat, on open and deadly water...
Gibbs shows a notable appreciation of sailboat specifics, boating lore, and marina denizens, but his formulaic plot offers few surprises. Still, acceptable regional series opener for sailboat aficionados.
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