Alice Trent, fleeing Las Vegas and the mob, ends up in the Florida Keys, specifically, Digger Key, an isolated place with a shabby bar and a few trailers. Owned by the stoic, Stack, a man fleeing his own demons, it doesn’t look on the surface like a welcoming place, but, thanks to Cory Wayne, a young clam digging surfer bum, Alice, now Samantha, just call me Sam, Towne is welcomed and given a job tending bar for Stack.
Paul Grantham, a predatory property developer, has his eyes on Digger Key, and is willing to do anything to get it. What he doesn’t reckon on, though, is that Alice is experienced in surviving on the streets, and is willing to do anything to help her newfound family.
Blue Water Horizon by Glenn Trust is an interesting story that gets deep inside the minds of the characters, bringing them to life as they struggle with challenges, many of them internal. The story switches among the characters, focusing a lot on Alice, but also showing John Barent, a Las Vegas cop who is in love with Alice and wants to know where she is, Grantham, a thoroughly bad character, and a few of the others. Barent’s efforts to track Alice down bring in certain characters in Las Vegas’s underworld, but that thread is never developed. The mob’s interest in her is left unexplained—sad, really, as there was the potential for an exciting confrontation or two in that subplot.
I was left with the feeling that events in the first two books in this series significantly affected events in this, the third one, but those events were only hinted at—for example, her relationship with the man in North Dakota, and a bit more of her personal background would have been, if not helpful, interesting.
All in all, though, it was an interesting read, and I’d like to know more about Alice Trent. Like most of the characters in the book, I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame.
I give this one three and a half stars.