Cocaine. Dan Marlowe is doing his damnedest to stay away from the stuff. It's already cost him his family and his business, The High Tide Restaurant & Saloon. Now a bartender at the Tide, Dan's life is slowly stabilizing. That is until a boat with two dead bodies on board is found wrecked on the jetty at Hampton Beach. The hunt for its missing cargo, 200 pounds of cocaine, is on. Dan is forced into the search and realizes that the drug that stole everything short of his life might be the one thing that can give it all back.
He's not the only one seeking the fortune in white powder. Others, on both sides of the law, are after it too, including a Boston mob boss and his right-hand man; a New Hampshire seacoast drug dealer/informer, his smokin' hot girlfriend, and his dim-witted muscle; a crooked D.E.A. agent and his junkie sidekick; two New Hampshire State policemen; and an Irish handyman. It's a violent, back-stabbing race to the end of the rainbow.
May the best man win.
|Publisher:||Dark Jetty Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Plenty of action and plot twists. Well done!
Crooked feds, dead bodies, drug smugglers, and a protagonist with problems and a bad past, who tries to sort things out. All set at Hampton Beach, a treat for those who know the area. A fun summer read, with easily recognizable characters and locales. Crooks and capers with the summer sun and the ocean breeze adding spice to everything. It's the start of a series, so if you like this one, move on to the rest.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "The Boss of Hampton Beach" is the story of Dan Marlowe, the one-time owner of the ocean-front bar where he now works. The small, summer resort town is buzzing with the shooting deaths of a local charter boat owner and his crewman. What the townspeople and tourists don't know is common knowledge to the local DEA officer and his assistant as well as the owner of the goods taken by the killers of the two men -- Captain McGee had taken on a job smuggling cocaine, 100 kilos of it, which is now missing. Dan is a chief suspect as he had a history of cocaine use, which is the reason why he no longer owns his bar and, worse, led to his losing his wife and having no access to his kids. Jed Power has created a gritty, hard-pounding mystery that grabs the reader and doesn't let go. Dan Marlowe and the other main characters are finely drawn and seem to come alive in this tale of rival gangsters, DEA agents and local police all on the trail of the missing cocaine and the killers. There is a lot of action and adventure in "The Boss of Hampton Beach", and there are times when the tension builds and it is really hard to tell who will survive the scene. Both those readers who enjoy mobster fiction and fans of police procedures will find much to appreciate in this powerful and satisfying crime noir offering. I found it impossible to stop reading until I reached the very last page. It is undoubtedly a great read.