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Inner Passages
     

Inner Passages

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by Carl Brookins
 
This story is one of love, loss, murder and redemption.

Recreational sailor and successful PR executive Michael Tanner charters a small sailboat for a trip up the Georgia Strait, the Inside Passage from Anacortes, Washington, to Desolation Sound along the coast of British Columbia. Tanner is sailing with his wife Elizabeth and their artist friend, Alice George.

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This story is one of love, loss, murder and redemption.

Recreational sailor and successful PR executive Michael Tanner charters a small sailboat for a trip up the Georgia Strait, the Inside Passage from Anacortes, Washington, to Desolation Sound along the coast of British Columbia. Tanner is sailing with his wife Elizabeth and their artist friend, Alice George.

Near Texada Island one foggy morning, they are rammed by a large motor yacht with deadly results. Maritime authorities refuse to search for the mysterious killer yacht, and disbelieve sole survivor Tanner’s version of the murders. Faced with a crumbling career, and barely able to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, Tanner sets out to discover the identity of the motor yacht and to learn why his sloop was deliberately rammed.

Through emotional storms and physical danger, including battles with the ocean forces, Tanner rebuilds his life and, in a final exciting and dangerous confrontation on the waters of the Georgia Strait, exacts a measure of justice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carl Brookins acquired a B.A. degree in the liberal arts from the University of Minnesota with concentrations in history, humanities, journalism and art. He was a producer/director at the Twin Cities public television, station, KTCA-TV, for seven years and later program director and general manager of public television station KFME in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1974 Brookins joined Metropolitan State University, an innovative new college in St. Paul established to cater to working adults. He held positions on the faculty and as an admissions counselor until his retirement in 1998. He has worked as a free-lance photographer and as a producer, executive and on-camera performer for St. Paul public cable television. He currently is a freelance mystery reviewer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and various Internet sites. Brookins leads the Har Mar Barnes and Noble mystery readers group in Roseville, Minnesota. He is a member of Sisters In Crime. Brookins’ activities include over twenty years of recreational sailing in many venues around the world. His other hobbies include reading and photography.

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Internet Book Watch
As he made his final preparations on the Queen Anne sloop for their sailing of British Columbia's Inside Passage, successful public relations exec Michael Tanner thought the world is good. Accompanied by his beloved wife Beth and their friend Alice, Michael looks forward to the short trip to Texada Island. An hour later, the fog engulfs the three sailors. However, not too log after that, a big yacht purposely follows and rams the Queen Anne, knocking Michael out. When Michael reawakens, the Coast Guard informs him that his wife and friend have vanished and are assumed dead. No one believes Michael that the accident was deliberate. Unable to cope with the depression and grief, Michael seeks closure. He obsessively goes after the mysterious yacht that destroyed his life seeking vengeance. Inner Passages is an absorbing thriller that works because debut author Carl Brookins makes the various water routes seem beautifully alive. The action is non-stop as Michael faces his own inner demons and guilt (he insisted on sailing) to battle an unknown enemy. The climax is powerful and believable although a subplot involving Mary Whitney, a traveling companion during Michael's odyssey, seems stretched. Mr. Brookins deserves a large audience for a fast-paced novel starring a broken hero.
—Internet Book Watch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929976010
Publisher:
Top Publications, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.33(d)

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Richard Barre
Brookins has found the range...a tight story and a wonderful sense of place. Batten down for a force eight chase rife with northwest cedar air, cold salt spray, and the chilling rumble of diesels through the fog. You’ll feel this one. (Richard Barre, author of Blackheart Highway)
Dianne Day
Tanner is an attractive protagonist with a lot of promise. We don’t see too many men in our mysteries who are his age and successfully relearning how to live. A wonderful job of re-creating the atmosphere, the feel of being in and on the water. (Dianne Day, author of the Fremont Jones series)

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harstan More than 1 year ago
As he made his final preparations on the Queen Anne sloop for their sailing of British Columbia¿s Inside Passage, successful public relations exec Michael Tanner thought the world is good. Accompanied by his beloved wife Beth and their friend Alice, Michael looks forward to the short trip to Texada Island. An hour later, the fog engulfs the three sailors. However, not too log after that, a big yacht purposely follows and rams the Queen Anne, knocking Michael out.

When Michael reawakens, the Coast Guard informs him that his wife and friend have vanished and are assumed dead. No one believes Michael that the accident was deliberate. Unable to cope with the depression and grief, Michael seeks closure. He obsessively goes after the mysterious yacht that destroyed his life seeking vengeance.

INNER PASSAGES is an absorbing thriller that works because debut author Carl Brookins makes the various water routes seem beautifully alive. The action is non-stop as Michael faces his own inner demons and guilt (he insisted on sailing) to battle an unknown enemy. The climax is powerful and believable although a subplot involving Mary Whitney, a traveling companion during Michael¿s odyssey, seems stretched. Mr. Brookins deserves a large audience for a fast-paced novel starring a broken hero.

Harriet Klausner