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A Killing Tide Mass Market Paperback – December, 2006
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Fortunately for her readers, P.J. Alderman's first novel, A Killing Tide, doesn't suffer first-time jitters. In this suspense novel with a strong romantic subplot, Alderman introduces diverse characters, mixes them up with plots upon subplots, and sets it all against the backdrop of small-town Astoria, Oregon. Better still, she makes it work.
The book's heroine Kaz Jorgenson is a woman who, despite her plushy job as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, has salt water running through her veins and the love of the ocean in her heart. When Kaz is called home to Astoria to help brother Gary Jorgenson with hot water he's drowning in, she stumbles into more than she'd bargained for. Like . . . a family friend murdered. Like . . . one of her family's trawlers set on fire to cover the dirty deed. Like . . . her brother disappearing and becoming the number-one suspect in the case.
Enter Michael Chapman from Boston who is Astoria's new fire chief and a trained arson investigator to boot. While trying to solve the murder-arson-disappearing brother mystery, he becomes attracted to Kaz. But Michael doesn't want to get involved with Kaz because she's the number-one suspect's sister. And Kaz doesn't want to get involved with Michael because she thinks he's out to bust her brother.
But the book is about more than the hero and heroine playing cat-and-mouse with one another while they sort out their emotions.Read more ›
Michael Chapman left scandal and a suspicious death behind in Boston when he came to Astoria as the new fire chief. He is also an experienced trained arson investigator, who begins making inquiries into the deadly blaze. He and Kaz are attracted to one another, but neither plans to act on their feelings. He refuses to have anything to do with the sister of the prime suspect especially after the fiasco back in New England with his former fiancée; she assumes he wants to hang her brother so she rejects Michael in order to not betray Gary.
The key to this exhilarating romantic whodunit is the strong cast starting with the lead couple who have flaws, struggle with feelings and the investigation, and fear what they will eventually uncover. In other words, they seem very real. The support characters also feel genuine whether they are friends of the family or Gary (mostly seen through the eyes of others). A KILLING TIDE is a strong investigative romance that will bring kudos to new author P.J. Alderman.
Kaz Jorgensen had an extremely successful consultation business in California but when a phone call from a childhood friend warned her of trouble brewing in and around her twin brother Gary, she hastened her return home. What she found was a shadow of the former caring and loving brother she once knew, emotionally shut-off - even from her. Kaz began to realize just how dangerous the situation was after one of their two boats was set on fire. With a body on board and her brother missing, all fingers pointed towards his guilt. Why even the newly hired, very sexy new fire chief seemed to think her brother guilty.
Michael Chapman had come to Astoria, Oregon to bury the past. A quiet seaside fishing town held appeal over the frantic pace of Boston and the memories of losing his fiancé to a fire he was too late to prevent. He knew he shouldn't get involved with the sister of a suspect but his attraction could not be denied. So when attempts on Kaz's life began, Michael was not about to let another woman die under his watch.
*** I loved this story - it was fast paced, exciting and fascinating. Alderman's descriptions of the Pacific Northwest town of Astoria, Oregon and the hazards of navigating a boat over the Columbia bars to the open sea of the Pacific were skillfully crafted and absolutely riveting in intensity. Kaz was a remarkable heroine. Not only a highly successful negotiator in the boardroom, but an immensely gifted ships captain whose navigational skills were well respected by her male counterparts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shortly after moving to Astoria, Oregon from the east coast, new fire chief and arson investigator Michael Chapman must investigate a fire aboard a fishing vessel that appears to... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kate MacKay
Very interesting story that immerses the reader into a mystery that threatens to tear a family apart. Read morePublished 26 days ago by jui49
Great read! Suspenseful--author doesn't give away the bad guy until the end. Until then you are left wondering who it could be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbwire58
A Killing Tide is book one in a series of thrillers set in Oregon. Kaz has come home to help with the family fishing business and immediately locks horns with Michael, the fire... Read morePublished 1 month ago by patricia wuestenhagen
A good book to curl up with on a cold winter's day. Predictable in some spots but worth the time.Published 3 months ago by PTNapa