Jake Travis searches for the man who abducted and killed his sister and only sibling over 30 years ago, while on a family vacation in Florida. She went to their motel room to get the book "Matilda." She was never seen again.
The man who was once the primary suspect has washed up on a beach nears Jake's home. He penned a confession just days before his mysterious death, admitting to killing the young girl. Jake suspects that the confession was forced and that DNA was tainted.
His vengeful quest tangles him in a web of powerful figures. They have a vested interest in keeping Jake from learning of his sister's fate. As Jake forges ahead, seeking both justice for his sister and personal closure, he questions if he will ever spring free of his past, or whether the past will shackle him in its chains.
Florida Weekly calls Jake Travis, "one of the best leading men to take the thriller stage in recents years." In "Naked We Came" Jake learns that the longest road leads to the beginning.
|Publisher:||Mason Alley Publishing, Saint Pete Beach, FL|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Lane's debut novel, "The Second Letter," garnered broad critical acclaim. It won the Gold Medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, for Best New Voice: Fiction. Kirkus Reviews has proclaimed Lane's novels to be, "consistently entertaining," and notes his writing is, "crisp and clever, the pacing smooth and compelling."
Lane resides on the west coast of Florida. You can learn more at Robertlanebooks.com and follow him on Facebook, where you can share in the sunset world of Jake Travis.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve had this thing for Jake Travis since I first met him one Sunday morning in Kensington Gardens. That was the day that he offed the wrong Cardinal. Oops Jake. (The Cardinal’s Sin, Mason Alley Publishing, 2015) Jake is a man after this girl’s heart: he is a debonair, well-dressed, highly educated beach bum who cooks, enjoys fine spirits, listens to music on his Magnavox, enjoys his St. Pete Beach sunsets, and always rescues the damsels in distress. Did I mention that he is also a special-ops agent? In Naked We Came, we see another Jake. First, we learn that he understands the business end of a hammer (Be still, my heart—a man who remodels too!) But we also see a side of Jake that has not appeared before--a little less snide, a little more pensive. Jake’s sister Brittany disappeared 30 years ago during a family vacation on the west coast of Florida. Her body has never been found, but she is presumed dead. Jake was supposed to be with her when she was abducted, but he went instead to the game room of the motel. He has carried this guilt throughout his life. Maybe this is the real Jake, and maybe his suppressed sorrow and guilt are some of the reasons that he displays such a devil-may-care attitude. After the body of the supposed killer washes up on the shore near Jake’s home, he becomes the primary suspect in this killing. Naked We Came is Jake’s quest to solve his sister’s disappearance. Lane introduces one new character who was short-lived, but dynamic in my estimation. You’ll need to read the book to see what I mean, and to ponder what his impact will have on future Jake Travis books. This is a fast-paced thriller that ends with a twist that absolutely floored me. I look forward to seeing the next installments of Jake and Company. Will Jake’s character soften with this guilt off his shoulders? What will Morgan do? Will Jake finally marry the beautiful Kathleen? Stay tuned. My thanks to Robert Lane, Mason Alley Publishing and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. I love Lane's witty, sarcastic humor within his action packed plots, and Naked We Came does not disappoint. With a familiar cast of characters, Lane takes you through the events of the story by the hand, until he ultimately flings you into the climax and you are left shaking your head and saying "oh my God!" Excellent writing, fabulous and interesting story, do not miss this one! * I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (11/17) “Naked We Came” by Robert Lane is a suspenseful psychological thriller that revolves around Jake Travis, a private investigator who is in search of his sister’s killer. During a family vacation, his sister, age 14, disappears after going to their motel room to get a book. Jake, almost 8 years old, decides he will go to the arcade room while she retrieves her book. That was thirty years ago, and to this day Jake is haunted by the memories of his sister, and the things he felt he should have done. Given that Jake has not told those who are closest to him about his sister, he continues to harbor anger, guilt and resentment internally, and in an attempt to bury some of that destructive cycle, he drowns himself in alcohol. Surprisingly, 30 years after his sister’s disappearance, the body of a man known as Leonard Hawkins washes ashore near Jake’s house. All initial evidence points to Hawkins for the abduction and killing of Jake’s sister all those years ago, however Jake is not convinced Hawkins is the culprit. Further investigation leads Jake to three rich and powerful friends who all provide evasive details about what happened that day. Jake also learns they are all connected to Russian government officials and a famous, powerful lawyer. Will Jake find justice for his sister and peace for himself? The story line is engaging and fast-paced and will keep you on your toes trying to figure out how an innocent young girl is caught up in such a mysterious kidnapping. Lane does an excellent job providing subtle clues throughout the story about her disappearance. Without revealing too much information, he prompts readers to keep turning the pages, all the while inducing more questions about the characters in the book without giving away the ending. Lane’s excellent writing will keep readers intrigued, and place them in the role of detective. Just when you think you have solved the case, “wham” the ending completely stuns you. I believe readers will enjoy this creative plot with numerous sinister characters and the chance to become a detective to help find those at fault. I recommend “Naked We Came” by Robert Lane to fans of fast-paced, suspenseful psychological mystery/thrillers.