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A Wes Darling Sailing Mystery/Thriller - Book 2

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Murder in the Bayou. 

When Wes Darling sails into the Dog River, his kissin’ cousin soon fills his life with one threat after another as he goes up against a shady character named Fish, a crooked retired CIA agent, and a bayou filled with gators. The Dog River may just prove to be Wes’s downfall.

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The last time I saw Elvis, not the Elvis, mind you, he was sitting on the dock in Key West waiting to see me off. He’d had one of his dreams, and although he knew I was a skeptic, he felt it was his duty to bring me the news. “Wes, your grandfather’s dead.”

It was a cool, sunny February day and I was stowing gear, preparing to take my sailboat, Rough Draft, over to the Bahamas for a couple of months before the hurricane season hit. I thought I’d misheard him. I stopped what I was doing and stepped off the boat and onto the dock.

Elvis was a couple of inches taller than me and much thinner. His head was shaved and polished, and he had a Van Dyke style beard. Elvis wore a dark blue pinstriped suit and white gloves.

He’d brought along a small cooler filled with beer and was sitting next to it on a blanket with his feet hanging over the side of the dock. As I helped myself to a Miller Lite, Elvis took off his jacket, folded it with exaggerated care, and set it on the blanket. He moved it an inch to the right, two inches to the left, a smidgeon up, until it was in just the proper place to satisfy his sensibilities. Obsessive-compulsive disorder will do that to a person. I popped the cap on my beer and sat down next to him.

“Your dream’s a little old,” I said. “My grandfather died seven years ago. The big 'C'. He smoked all his life.”

Elvis was watching a pelican, a big bird with the grace of a slapstick comic and the eyesight of a dive-bomber. As the bird hit the water with an awkward splash, Elvis turned his attention to me. “Not that grandfather. Your father’s father.”

According to my mother, I was a result of a wild weekend in Acapulco with a Vietnam vet she met at a club. I didn’t know my father’s name. I didn’t know where he was from. I didn’t even know if he was alive or dead. At this stage in my life I didn’t really care.

“Never knew him,” I said. “Or anyone else on that side of the family.”

“Maybe it’s time,” Elvis said.

“For what?”

“To get to know your family.”

I looked at Elvis, but he was staring down at the water, avoiding my gaze. “You know I don’t believe in that psychic shit, or ghosts and UFOs for that matter.”

“I thought that after what happened last month, you’d believe me.”

He was referring to a nighttime visit he’d had from the ghost of Celine Stewart, a girl whose death convinced me I no longer wanted to be a P.I. I wasn’t ready to admit that I believed he had real psychic abilities or that he’d spoken to Celine’s ghost, but the information he provided did aid the police in locating her body.

“Elvis, you and I both know there’s no such thing as psychics.”

“How do you explain Celine?” he asked.

“You offered to hire me,” I reminded him. “I suspect you have other detectives working for you. One of your investigators must have stumbled upon something the cops missed.”

Elvis turned to me. “I don’t have any investigators working for me. No bullshit, Wes. I spoke with your grandfather.”

I set my empty bottle next to Elvis and jumped up. “I don’t have time for this, Elvis. I’m going to the Bahamas.”

“He said you need to go to Mobile.”


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