Cold Water Burning

Cold Water Burning

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Cecil Younger is not a good private investigator. Yet for some reason, call it fate, he cannot give it up. As if he needed proof, there was the case of the unsolved murders aboard the Mygirl.Three years ago someone brutally killed four people on the scow, soaked the deck with gasoline, and set all the evidence ablaze as he escaped in a red tin skiff. Two young men got out with their lives and a third was charged with the slayings. But in a crowded courtroom Cecil Younger helped the accused go free, knowing that the headline-grabbing trial did everything but get at the truth.Now, the man charged with the Mygirl murders has disappeared and his wife believes someone has taken revenge. As a storm bears down on the Alaskan coast, two people connected with the case die in separate, sudden, and bizarre explosions of gunfire. Younger is sure that someone is trying to finish the deadly job begun on the Mygirl three years ago. But to find the answers he needs, Younger must leave the fragile shelter of his life - a life shared with his lover Jane Marie, their infant child, and housemate Toddy. A wooden sloop called the Naked Horse has left harbor for the wind-lashed sea. And out in the storm, chasing the Naked Horse, Cecil Younger will come face-to-face with everything he thought he knew, with a person he thought he trusted, and with the jagged pieces of a mystery taking a new, horrifying shape in his mind.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553106430
  • 9780553106435

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Praise for John Straley: "The voice is so original that it can only belong to John Straley.... Definitely up there with the great ones." -- Chicago Tribune "Straley is one of the best prose stylists to emerge from the genre in a long time." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Mr. Straley's prose continues to dazzle.... his word-pictures have a hallucinatory brilliance appropriate...to the eerie beauty of the Alaskan landscape." -- The Wall Street Journal "Cecil Younger is one of the most entertaining detectives since [James Lee Burke's] Dave Robicheaux." -- The Sunday Advocate, Baton Rouge "One of the strongest series since Tony Hillerman set up shop." -- Kirkus Reviews "Strong and sobering... With his storyteller's sense of dramatic action [Straley's] in his glory." -- The New York Times Book Review "Cecil Younger's creator is a gifted storyteller. Straley's evocation of coastal Alaska is as magical as the aurora borealis.... readers will be delighted." -- Booklist "Straley is a great entertainer and poet." -- Heartland magazine "Now and then a writer dares to flout the rules and, in so doing, carves out a niche that belongs to him alone. John Straley's novels are like no others." -- San Diego Tribuneshow more

About John Straley

John Straley lives in Sitka, Alaska, with his son and wife, a marine biologist who studies whales. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of The Angels Will Not Care, The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Curious Eat Themselves, The Music of What Happens, and Death and the Language of Happiness.show more

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121 ratings
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4 37% (45)
3 31% (37)
2 8% (10)
1 2% (3)
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