From Publishers Weekly In his fourth outing (after 2004's Shadow Men), King's pensive hero, Florida PI Max Freeman, spends more time tooling around Fort Lauderdale and his native Philadelphia than in his beloved Everglades. Max is protecting a dozen immigrant cruise ship employees, who were injured in a boiler explosion, while his pal, attorney Billy Manchester, tries to exact additional compensation for them from the ship's owners. Then Fort Lauderdale police detective Sherry Richards, a former lover and colleague, asks Max's help in tracking down Philadelphia ex-cop Colin O'Shea, whom Sherry suspects killed three pretty female bartenders. Max takes on the job, though he doubts O'Shea, with whom he once worked, is the guilty party. King skillfully alternates between the search for the murderer on the one hand and Max's attempts to guard the ship employees on the other. Max returns to Philadelphia, where he learns more about O'Shea and allays some of his personal demons. Though King's basic plots aren't particularly original, his smooth pacing, which creates tension, vivid place descriptions (for instance, a haunting search through a swamp) and insight into human behavior make this series a welcome addition to the Florida PI subgenre. Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Read more From Booklist Someone is killing the women bartenders of Broward County, Florida. Max Freeman, a former Philadelphia cop, is lured by his ex-lover, detective Sherry Richards, into helping with the investigation. In the first three novels in King's award-winning series, Freeman was lying low in a stilt shack in the Everglades, trying to put his life back together. Now he is living in a more conventional beach cottage, but he seems to be asking for trouble. The case is rife with conflicts: he must work with a woman who trampled his barely mended heart, and the leading suspect is one of his former cop buddies. The earlier installments of King's adventures--The Blue Edge of Midnight (2002), A Visible Darkness (2003), and Shadow Men (2004)--were masterpieces of atmosphere and characterization. This one has lost a huge chunk of atmospheric appeal with the hero's move to the cottage (can't hold a candle to the shack in the middle of the Everglades), but Freeman's character is still quirky and complicated, and the plotting remains -eerily precise. Connie FletcherCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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