From Publishers Weekly
Sandra Burr offers a cool, understated reading of Greenlaw's second nautical mystery (following 2007's Slipknot), which finds 42-year-old marine insurance investigator and deputy sheriff Jane Bunker investigating some vandalism aboard a research vessel that leads to a missing person case, a fatal drug overdose and an attempted murder. Burr's dialects are sure: whether she's playing a Maine fisherman or a Native American oysterman, she sounds like the real thing. Burr also creates a sympathetic portrait of the very vulnerable Bunker, holding listeners' attention during Greenlaw's slow buildup. A Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, May 5).
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Formerly a Florida police detective, Jane Bunker is now an insurance investigator who has picked up a second job as the assistant deputy of Knox County, Maine. On the way back from Cobble Harbor, where she was investigating a claim for a vandalized boat, Jane comes across a circling lobster boat that is missing its crew. The captain, Parker Alley, is presumed dead, but Jane investigates the case along with the death by heroin overdose of Parker’s son. Parker had numerous enemies, and complicating matters, the lobstermen in the area are upset about a possible aquaculture venture that would grow oysters in the bay. Jane ties up all the loose ends while she works to become a part of her new community. Small-town life, the difficult job of harvesting lobsters, and the beauty of the Maine coast are well delineated as Greenlaw immerses the reader in boating practice and lore. The tenacious Jane is a fully fleshed protagonist, and the secondary characters are also well developed in this satisfying mystery, the second in a series. --Sue O'Brien