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In her Seychelle Sullivan novels, Christine Kling has brilliantly rendered the world of South Florida, as seen from the teeming waters around it. From harbors of Key West to the wilds of Biscayne Bay to the night lights of Miami, Kling’s tough-minded heroine has carved out a life that is uniquely her own. Now, in WRECKERS' KEY, the fourth book in the series, this fiercely independent woman is at a turning point . . . and in a dangerous duel ...
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Overview

In her Seychelle Sullivan novels, Christine Kling has brilliantly rendered the world of South Florida, as seen from the teeming waters around it. From harbors of Key West to the wilds of Biscayne Bay to the night lights of Miami, Kling’s tough-minded heroine has carved out a life that is uniquely her own. Now, in WRECKERS' KEY, the fourth book in the series, this fiercely independent woman is at a turning point . . . and in a dangerous duel with an unseen enemy.

In the 1800s, Key West was built by wrecking skippers who in feats of derring-do raced to shipping disasters to save valuable cargos from the ocean depths. Today, as too many boats chase too few wrecks, salvage has turned into a cutthroat corporate enterprise. Seychelle Sullivan, who pilots a tug her father built by hand, is unable and unwilling to compete. She is overwhelmed by issues of love, trust, motherhood, career, and family. But when a friend is killed, Seychelle begins to suspect a chilling scenario: that modern-day wreckers are causing yachts to crash onto the reefs–and killing off whoever gets in the way.

Nestor Frias was piloting a billionaire’s luxury power yacht on its maiden voyage when it ran aground. A few days later, Frias was dead. His eight-months-pregnant widow is distraught, and a host of questions surround both Frias’s death and the ship’s accident. When another man dies while asking questions, Seychelle navigates the dangerous shoals and channels of the case and her life, unaware that a greater danger is looming: a murderous human storm designed perfectly for her.

With its vivid, colorful characters and rich sense of sea and land, Wreckers’ Key is a brilliant addition to Christine Kling's fascinating, entertaining, and thrilling Florida mystery series.

Praise for Christine Kling

Bitter End

“Christine Kling’s novels just keep getting better and better. . . . She takes her readers on fast-paced tours of areas into which few writers have ventured.”
–Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, author of Luck of the Draw

“John D. McDonald would get a kick out of Christine Kling’s suspense novels.”
–Chicago Tribune

Cross Current

“A taut, fast-paced thriller . . . Kling’s prose is strong and authoritative.”
–The Miami Herald

“Exciting . . . Kling is an author who bears watching. She clearly knows how to add texture and color to her narrative. . . . Cross Current is a keeper.”
–The Tampa Tribune

Surface Tension

“An exceptionally rare first novel . . . moving and full of suspense.”
–James W. Hall, author of Off the Chart

“Seychelle Sullivan fights off a very real array of land-based predators with a grit and determination that John D. himself would have cheered.”
–Les Standiford, author of Bone Key
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015431353
  • Publisher: Tell-Tale Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2012
  • Series: Seychelle Sullivan , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 174,721
  • File size: 474 KB

Meet the Author

Christine Kling is the author of five nautical thrillers and one anthology of short stories. She lives aboard her 33-foot sailboat Talespinner and travels wherever the wind and free wifi may take her.
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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    From the very beginning, you can't help but feel a sense of fore

    From the very beginning, you can't help but feel a sense of foreboding that only the best suspense novels are known for. With a multimillion dollar boat crash, Seychelle is quickly up to her eyeballs helping a close friend save his career before his baby comes. Wreckers' Key is a book loaded with great characters and mysteries. While this is book 4 of the series, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone book. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and set sail on a suspenseful adventure.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Recommended Reading

    Typical Christine Kling. Lots' of twists and turns with a surprise ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    excellent read

    Twisting tale of fate, murder, friendships and love.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

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    Good

    I enjoyed since I'm familar with the Keys & Key West. Also have a sailboat. It was a little slow & the ending rather aburpt but still was suspensful & I still enjoyed the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    Another Wonderful Mystery by Kline

    After establishing herself as virtually the only female tugboat captain in Fort Lauderdale, Seychelle Sullivan is used to fighting for respect and her share of the towing business. Now however, salvage operations that bill millions of dollars rescuing multi-million dollar playboy yachts (versus the hundreds of dollars earned by towing companies) have made the division between towers and salvagers greater and potentially violent. With tensions high at her home stemming from a lawsuit brought by an unhappy client, Seychelle eagerly agrees to help her friend Nestor Frias tow a millionaire¿s megayacht. When Nestor dies in a freak windsurfing accident after making accusations of sabotage of the yacht¿s navigation system, Seychelle is pressured by his very pregnant widow to investigate his death, throwing her into the cutthroat world of salvagers and modern-day pirates. The fourth in an increasingly popular series, Kling brings to the reader the unique, beautiful, and deadly world of Florida Keys. In love with her part-Samoan deckhand BJ, she is torn by her fear of having children and his love of them. Her fear of commitment and BJ¿s growing closeness to his nursing school classmate has Seychelle vulnerable to the charms of her childhood friend who has left his geekiness behind and blossomed into full on hunkdom. As Seychelle navigates between predatory millionaires, greedy salvagers, and her own personal fears, the reader is drawn into a riveting read that charges full ahead to a dramatic ending. This is a strong entry in a very emotionally taut and moving series that continues to please and draw in new fans.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    interesting nautical whodunit

    Though it is only three years since she inherited her late father¿s tugboat, Seychelle ¿Sey¿ Sullivan struggles to keep the business afloat as the insurance is a fortune and her unscrupulous competitors use modern technology and amoral tactics to beat her to the job. Now Sey also deals with a lawsuit. --- Currently she is leaving her Fort Lauderdale base to help a friend in Key West. Nestor Frias is the captain of wealthy Ted Berger's yacht that needs towing to a repair dock. However, Nestor dies in what looks like a tragic accident except his pregnant wife Catalina believes he was murdered. Sey also has doubts as her late friend told her someone did something to the GPS, which fits nicely into her wondering how Ocean Towing always gets to the stranded vessels even before the Coast Guard arrives. Furthermore she ponders whether the owner Neville Pinder is somehow causing the beaching of yachts onto reefs and perhaps Nestor found the proof though Sey also thinks the concept is foolish. That is until someone starts stalking her. --- This is an interesting nautical whodunit starring a beleaguered (just ask her dog) tugboat Annie struggling to keep her business sailing against rivals with much more capital, better equipment, and no scruples. The story line is action-packed especially at sea where Sey has her legs anchored. Readers who appreciate a deep suspense thriller will want to join Sey on and off the Florida coast as she soon finds staying alive has become her prime issue. --- Harriet Klausner

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