By Bob Morris
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312377267, 256pp.)
Publication Date: January 19, 2010
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Zack Chasteen’s old friend Mickey Ryser pays a surprise visit to deliver some bad news: doctors tell him he has only a few weeks to live and he plans to spend it on his private-island hideaway in the Bahamas. But Ryser has a favor to ask. He needs Zack to find his estranged daughter, Jen, whom Ryser hasn’t seen in more than twenty years. He wants to make amends and spend what little time he has left with her.
When last heard from, Jen had bought a big sailboat and was bound for the Bahamas with some college friends. A private detective hired by Ryser to track her down has gone MIA. One of Jen’s friends has jumped ship, under curious conditions. And there’s the specter of an international piracy ring, known to hijack and plunder private yachts passing through island waters.
With little to go on, Zack embarks on a mission that will take him from one end of the Bahamas to the other. It’s home to all sorts of rogues and rascals, with plenty of places to hide---a wonderment of islands that Zack calls Baja Florida.
Bob Morris, a former newspaper columnist and magazine editor, contributes to a number of publications and teaches writing at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.
Praise for A Deadly Silver Sea
“Short chapters bursting with energy, gunfire, and moxy give this thriller staying power. There’s plenty to satisfy lovers of suspenseful adventures on the high seas.”---USA Today
“A Deadly Silver Sea works equally as a rip-roaring mystery and as a swashbuckling adventure. Morris keeps the suspense high.” ---Miami Herald
Praise for Bermuda Schwartz
“Likable characters and an evocative setting . . . a book to be taken seriously.”---Chicago Sun-Times
“Bermuda Schwartz gets its heft from crackling dialogue and Zack’s equal-footed and realistic relationship with his paramour . . . a series that will bring Morris even more fans with subsequent installments.” ---Baltimore Sun
“A briskly paced, engaging story full of fun tidbits on Bermuda's culture and history. [Morris’s] humor, too, keeps us entertained.” ---Miami Herald
“Wry humor and engaging Bermuda history help propel the plot.” ---Publishers Weekly
“A Bermuda idyll that mixes three parts rum to one part Da Vinci Code.” ---Kirkus Reviews
“Bermuda Schwartz’s island trek is as brisk and refreshing as a summer breeze with a gusty strength that sustains the story.” ---Florida Sun-Sentinel