When Gregory Boudreaux is found dead on the beach of St. George Island, an apparent suicide, Lt. Maggie Redmond, one of two investigators in the Apalachicola sheriff’s department, is assigned to the case. No one, she thinks, is aware of the horrible connection she has to the dead man, but his uncle, Bennet Boudreaux, a rich man who is suspected of criminal activities, but because of his political connections and wealth, has never been convicted, takes an interest in Maggie, an interest that does not go unnoticed. She wonders if Bennet suspects that she might have killed Gregory, or that maybe he knows what happened between her and Gregory when she was just a teenager.
While this drama is going on in the background, Maggie becomes involved with trying to help a young girl escape the clutches of a vicious local drug dealer.
Low Tide by Dawn Lee McKenna is a taut drama that paints a brilliant picture of life in a small coastal Florida town, spooling out the intrigue like a fish net, and hooking the reader in the intrigue. The sights, sounds, and smells of the coast come through as sharp as the rays of the morning sun rising over the Atlantic, exposing the scum that lies hidden in the shadows. A tale that you’ll not want to end, but end it does, but with the sword of Damocles still hanging threateningly over everyone.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book.
I give it four stars.