Synopses & Reviews
Eighty years ago, three laborers vanished while building the first road through the Florida Everglades. Now, a descendant of the missing men turns to Max Freeman for help in uncovering their fate. But there is something much more dangerous in the swamps than long-lost ghosts. There are dangerous men who want the past to remain buried-and will kill to make sure it stays that way.
"Though moody ex-Philadelphia cop Max Freeman has found a measure of peace in life, he faces some of the same challenges in King's third stellar outing as he did in... Visible Darkness. Government types are still trying to evict him from his Everglades hideaway, his love life is tenuous and friend/attorney Billy Manchester has once again piqued his interest with a case. Max, now a fully licensed PI in Florida, agrees to look into the disappearance of a father and two sons who signed on for three weeks of work on the Tamiami Trail 80 years earlier and never made it home. Built across the Everglades, the trail is the stuff of legend, filled with murky water and murkier deeds, snakes and gators and untimely death. The case, of course, is more complicated than it seems, with corporate intrigue, intimidation and the sins of fathers raining unmercifully down on their sons. As usual, Max is aided by a lively cast of characters, including the mysterious Nate Brown, whose knowledge of the Glades and its secrets is part of his being. King strikes a deft balance between his extraordinary South Florida setting and an engrossing tale of inhumanity and greed. This fine novel resonates with the atmosphere and immediacy of the Everglades, as well as with Max's struggle to define himself in an often hostile world." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Freeman...may be the most thoughtful, well-read, and multilayered private-eye hero since Spenser....Haunting and evocative." Connie Fletcher, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Though the nature of the exercise it's pretty obvious who'll get tagged for the ancient crime downplays the mystery, King provides some scenes that crackle with tension along with his trademark snapshots of South Florida's wild, fragile landscape." Kirkus Reviews
"A terrific book that begins the run of a great new talent. From start to finish, it is full of true character and jagged surprises." Michael Connelly, author of Lost Light
It's been 80 years since a father and his two sons vanished while working as laborers building the first road through the Florida Everglades. Now, a descendant of the missing men turns to Max Freeman for help in uncovering their fate.
About the Author
Jonathon King's crime fiction debut, The Blue Edge of Midnight, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, has been nominated for the Anthony Award, and was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A journalist for more than twenty years, he has covered crime and criminal courts and is now an award-winning feature writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.