Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312601850, 309pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
While restoring her Hilton Head home after a brush with a hurricane, PI Bay Tanner reluctantly accepts bestselling true-crime writer Winston Wolfe as a client. Arrogant and secretive, Wolfe is researching the cold-case disappearance of reclusive millionaire Morgan Tyler Bell from his secluded private island off the South Carolina coast. Adding to the mystery, Bell's personal assistant vanished as well. But what has Bay's investigative antennae quivering is the apparent suicide at the time of Bell's longtime housekeeper. After viewing the scene inside the millionaire's abandoned mansion on Jericho Cay, Bay isn't so sure she should've taken the case.
Bay's husband and new employee is hot to pursue the inquiry. A former sheriff's deputy, Red would like nothing better than to solve the one case his old boss has never been able to close. But as Wolfe's behavior becomes more and more bizarre, Bay is torn between her desire to earn her hefty fee and her fear that something much more sinister is going on just below the surface. Is Bell dead or alive? And who is the elusive man in the red baseball cap who just may hold the answers to all her questions?
While dealing with another tragedy that strikes at the heart of her family, Bay Tanner must dig beneath the lies and evasions that threaten all she holds dear and her own life as well.
"Jericho Cay" is filled with Southern charm and local color, making it a terrific addition to Kathryn R. Wall's sultry Lowcountry series, one of the most absorbing on bookshelves today.
Praise for Kathryn R. Wall and her Bay Tanner Mysteries
“Suspenseful. . . Some stormy surprises lead to a cliffhanger ending.”
—Publishers Weekly on Canaan’s Gate
“Wall’s Lowcountry Carolina setting and her strong female protagonist continue to make this a satisfying series.”
—Booklist on Covenant Hall
“Poignant ninth…Series fans are sure to cheer Bay’s efforts to make peace with the past.”
—Publishers Weekly on Covenant Hall
“Dripping with Southern family relations, sometimes conflicted emotions, and set in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this award-winning series continues to delight. The heroine is complicated and touching with her deep loyalties. Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. Top Pick.”
—Romantic Times on The Mercy Oak
“Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, and Marcia Muller come to mind as the quintessential writers of the modern female private eye novel. Wall, in a quiet and unassuming way, has produced a body of work of equal quality. Highly recommended.”
—Library Journal on The Mercy Oak