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Cross Current (Seychelle Sullivan Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

Christine Kling
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From Publishers Weekly

Salvage boat captain and sometime sleuth Seychelle Sullivan returns in Kling's follow-up to her well-received debut, Surface Tension, this time to aid a frightened Haitian waif named Solange. Seychelle—who's plying the South Florida waters on her tugboat, the Gorda, with her mechanic cum lover, B.J.—discovers the girl on a swamped boat and makes saving her, both from danger and from immigration officials, a personal crusade. The recent murder of some Haitian refugees and a creepy visitor to Solange's hospital room convince Seychelle that the frightened girl is in peril. More challenges come from tough guys with various agendas. Detective Victor Collazo, with whom Seychelle has a combative history, seems determined to thwart her effort and return the child. Border Patrol Agent Russ Elliott presses a similar agenda, though Seychelle's lawyer and best friend Jeannie does her best to parry his thrusts. Retired DEA agent Joe D'Angelo conveniently arrives to perk up Seychelle's libido (B.J. notwithstanding) and address some unanswered questions about her dead father, with whom he worked, and a surprise visit by Seychelle's black-sheep brother, Pit, threatens even more disruption. Savvy readers will be two steps ahead of the plot, which features several genre set pieces, but Kling writes with crisp assurance, especially about life in coastal South Florida, and her supporting cast, if crowded, is colorful.
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– Kling adds swift plotting, convincing nautical detail, voodoo lore, and tropical scenery, all of which adds up to a satisfying if unsurprising series that is Florida's answer to Grafton and Barr. David Wright
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Cross Current

For Seychelle Sullivan, life is all about making a living, making love, and keeping her eye on the beauty that still remains in her beloved Florida. Then her life takes a turn when her tug intercepts with a swamped fishing boat in the Gulf Stream. Inside the boat are a murdered woman and a little girl in a white dress.

Seychelle returns to shore with a traumatized Haitian girl named Solange in her cabin. Determined to protect Solange, and somehow keep her from being sent back to Haiti, Seychelle becomes obsessed with the forces that nearly killed the girl–and left her speechless with terror.

Exploring the hidden world of Florida’s Haitian community, Seychelle realizes that Solange is still in great danger–and that one killer has claimed dozens of lives. With a murderer stalking the child, Seychelle is racing to unravel dangerous truths. But to get the answers she needs, she must return to where it all started: in the waters of the Gulf Stream, where people died for their dreams of freedom– and a man with a machete did the work of the devil himself.

About 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.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Salvage boat captain and sometime sleuth Seychelle Sullivan returns in Kling's follow-up to her well-received debut, Surface Tension, this time to aid a frightened Haitian waif named Solange. Seychelle—who's plying the South Florida waters on her tugboat, the Gorda, with her mechanic cum lover, B.J.—discovers the girl on a swamped boat and makes saving her, both from danger and from immigration officials, a personal crusade. The recent murder of some Haitian refugees and a creepy visitor to Solange's hospital room convince Seychelle that the frightened girl is in peril. More challenges come from tough guys with various agendas. Detective Victor Collazo, with whom Seychelle has a combative history, seems determined to thwart her effort and return the child. Border Patrol Agent Russ Elliott presses a similar agenda, though Seychelle's lawyer and best friend Jeannie does her best to parry his thrusts. Retired DEA agent Joe D'Angelo conveniently arrives to perk up Seychelle's libido (B.J. notwithstanding) and address some unanswered questions about her dead father, with whom he worked, and a surprise visit by Seychelle's black-sheep brother, Pit, threatens even more disruption. Savvy readers will be two steps ahead of the plot, which features several genre set pieces, but Kling writes with crisp assurance, especially about life in coastal South Florida, and her supporting cast, if crowded, is colorful.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

As in her debut (Surface Tension, 2002), Ft. Lauderdale tugboat skipper Seychelles Sullivan happens upon a dead woman adrift on the Gulf Stream, but this time there's salvage aboard: a girl named Solange, half-dead from exposure, who stirs our heroine's maternal instincts and sets her on a mission to find the girl's American father before she can be deported back to Haiti and a life of servitude. As the only witness to the latest in a string of brutal refugee murders that may have occult significance, Solange is also of great interest to powerful men on both sides of the law. Seychelles draws upon a large, supportive cast, including a few ogle-worthy guys, and deepens ties to a love interest and to her deceased father, whose honor is called into question when some old drug-running pals resurface. To these convoluted matters of the heart, Kling adds swift plotting, convincing nautical detail, voodoo lore, and tropical scenery, all of which adds up to a satisfying if unsurprising series that is Florida's answer to Grafton and Barr. David Wright
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • Publisher: Tell-Tale Press (April 16, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socially-conscious mystery December 3, 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is an exciting and moving story, well written, with a social conscious. Christine Kling knows her Florida, knows her boats, and knows how to build a story to a satisfying climax. Her research and knowledge of the plight of Haitian immigrants tells a horror story of the shameful way this country treats desperate children and it should be required reading for members of Congress. But don't let the social message fool you--this is one great read and one great thriller/mystery. You do not have to be a fan of Florida thrillers to enjoy this book-and to appreciate the message in the mystery. Her descriptive passages are excellent-so much it makes me want to explore the east coast of Florida with a new eye-and a good boat captain. Maybe her BJ is available?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth the Price of Admission June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The danger of jumping into the middle of a series is that you might not be 'in' on every joke or nuance. Ideally, you should be able to get the gist of the backstory quickly and cleanly, and in Cross Current, Christine Kling does an admirable job (I assume, since I have yet to read the first in the series) of filling in readers on who Seychelle is and how the 'regulars' relate to her.

The story, as amply detailed in the book's listing and in other reviews, is a gripper. As a sailor, I have a natural affinity for 'sea stories', and Kling's fascinating look at a small sliver of the Haitian culture really got my blood boiling and heart racing. She perfectly blended fact - the practice of selling young girls into a form of slavery - into a riveting, if slightly predictable, tale of murder, voodoo and betrayal. Her ability to keep the pace moving while accurately detailing the finer points of boats and boating is outstanding, which should come as a relief to readers who know a thing or two about the sport. Her characters are diverse, yet believable (for the most part -- I still have a hard time buying the relationship between Seychelle and her deckhand), and her writing is as crisp as barbecued tarpon.

A note on the Kindle edition: This is one of the cleaner Kindle books I've read. Very few, if any, typos, and no weird line breaks.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific suspense thriller September 29, 2004
Format:Hardcover
While waiting to tug a boat filled with Haitian refugees, Seychelle notices another vessel out in the gulf and takes her ship the Garda there. She finds a young dehydrated girl named Solange with a dead woman. She rescues the girl and tugs the boat containing the deceased to the dock. Seychelle immediately forms a bond with the Haitian refugee, who says that her father lives in the United States. Seychelle intends to find him so that Solange will not be deported.

There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of Haitians into America. Seychelle believes that Solange and the dead woman were on a boat that capsized with fifty Haitians aboard. Solange is not safe as thugs try to kidnap her although neither Seychelle nor she can determine why. Those Haitians that survive have been sold into slavery making it even more difficult for Seychelle to gain their trust so that she can locate Solange's father. Kidnappers abduct Seychelle and Solange taking them to Bimini where they meet the smugglers' mastermind. The criminal tosses Seychelle overboard expecting her to die while he carries out his plansfor Solange.

Christine King is a very visual writer who makes the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast come alive to readers. The heroine breaks laws to keep Solange safe from a monster, who sees the child as merchandise. There is a lot of action in CROSS CURRENT, but it is the characters who turn this novel into a superb thriller as Solange is at the mercy of adults with only Seychelle apparently caring what happens to her. Ms. King is a rising queen in the suspense genre.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Circumventing the Law is the Right Thing to Do ... November 10, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As Seychelle Sullivan and her sometime mechanic and deckhand, B.J. were towing in the Bahamian cruiser, Miss Agnes to Port Everglades, they discussed the incomprehensible conditions and desparation that made 50 people jam into a small boat, with the hope of building a new life for themselves. They risked everything, despite all odds, not caring whether it was legal or illegal, desiring nothing more than to start a new life. Seychelle had no clue how she would be entangled in the lives of these desparate people ... and their community. She did not know what lay in store for her, in the very near future, when she responded to a call from Mike Beesting, a former Ft. Lauderdale police officer. He had a dead starting battery and was stranded six to eight miles from Pompano Beach after taking a good buddy out fishing. While on the way out to rescue Mike and his pal, Seychelle spotted what she thought was dark debris in the water. This awakened her instincts for a possible rescue, that someone may be in trouble, so she went in for a closer look. What she saw astounded her: an emaciated Haitian girl of about 10 years old, who was dazed and dehydrated, sitting next to the bloated dead body of a lady wearing a torn brightly colored dress. Seychelle did not immediately notice the head wound, a huge gash in her skull ... most likley the cause of her death.

Seychelle debated whether or not to call the Coast Guard immediately, as required by law, or delay. She recalled the media circus after the rescue of the Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez and decided to assess the situation first, call later. The little girl knew a bit of English and spoke haltingly and shyly with Seychelle. Unexpectedly, she grabbed Seychelle's hand and asked plaintively, "You help me?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Christine Kling pulls you in immediately to Seychelle's world. Drama, danger and downright scary things confront Seychelle as she tries to save a little Haitian girl lost at sea. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Judy M Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars I`m Hooked
I read my first Seychelles Sullivan book a few days ago. This is my second. I am totally hooked. Great characters, great plots, sun, sea, boats, mystery, strong female characters (... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
A great "who done it". Wonderful, colorful descriptions of South Florida and it's people. A page turner that has unexpected twists and turns. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Diane Joslyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Christine rocks!
Makes me love Florida more. Take a fun loving writer, give her a pen or a tablet to key in and you have magic in the air. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Repeated friends
I enjoy that she keeps some of the same background characters.I am reading all of her books. I love the scenery of the water.
Published 20 days ago by Connie Petersen
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy & Entertaining
I enjoyed this as an easy read. Nothing too deep but the pace is good, the atmosphere easy to feel and unlike some reviewers have reported, not too much nautical jargon to put me... Read more
Published 27 days ago by zyffyr
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Christine Kling is very readable. I read this one first; it can stand on its own, but it made me want to read the first, and it was equally good.
Published 27 days ago by Christopher Cosma
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Christine Kling Books!
I got the book for free when it was offered on one of my Facebook favorite walls. I read like there is no tomorrow and even more since I got my Kindle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MetzyMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Seychelle Sullivan book
This is another great book about Seychelle. The characters are well developed and the content thought provoking. The books always keep you guessing until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Alele
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross Current
Well written, very enjoyable. Kept my interest and liked the ending. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a good book to curl up with.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Moten
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More About the Author

I love sailing, books, travel and my little guy, Barney, aka The Yorkshire Terror. I live aboard my sailboat TALESPINNER and I have the greatest job in the world - I write stories full time.

I've been sailing most of my life and that led me to set my first nautical suspense novels on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, there are four books in the series, SURFACE TENSION, CROSS CURRENT, BITTER END, and WRECKERS' KEY. My latest book is something new and different for me. CIRCLE OF BONES: a Caribbean thriller, features a female solo sailor, Maggie Riley, and a maritime archeologist (and conspiracy nut) Cole Thatcher searching for the wreck of a World War II submarine. The next book about Riley and Cole, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE is due out in June 2014.

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@christinekling

Hope to see you out on the water.

Fair winds!

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