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Though Karl Alberg is effectively the police chief in the town of Sechelt, the most pressing thing on his desk right now is the spunky old lady who has apparently absconded from her retirement home, most likely, it's widely believed, in search of a good martini. But a storm is brewing for Alberg, just a few miles down the peninsula. Zoe Strachan was an angry child, and she's grown into an angry, if eerily seductive woman. Over the years, she has built up elaborate structures to contain her anger, but now those structures have been shattered. A refugee from big-city policing, Alberg thinks he's seen it all. But he's not even going to know what hit him.
It's midsummer and murderously hot in British Columbia. For the vacationing Karl Alberg, that becomes more than a metaphor when he discovers a body on the beach, fresh from a fatal plunge into the waves. Back home in the town of Sechelt, where Alberg is the chief of police, the heat is bringing out the crazies, most recently a tribe of violent rednecks loony enough to make Alberg yearn a little for his days as a big-city cop.
A beautifully crafted story about murder, and evil that is perhaps worse than murder. You will not find a more sympathetic murderer in all of literature. The author expertly leads to a conclusion that is both satisfying and disturbing.
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