Purgatory Key

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Purgatory Key

By Darrell James

Midnight Ink, Paperback, 9780738723716, 325pp.

Publication Date: August 8, 2013


After Lissa Rogers and Kendra Kozak set out on a summer adventure, the two teenagers arrive at Terrebonne Key, an island in the Louisiana bayou rumored to be the location of a legendary treasure. But they aren’t alone on the island. Now dangerous fugitives are holding them hostage, and the girls’ only hope for survival is investigator Del Shannon.

When Del learns that Lissa is the granddaughter of her former mentor, Louise Lassiter, she decides to take the case. But then Del botches the ransom money drop, and her chances of rescuing Lissa and Kendra grow slim. With time running out, Del teams up with Frank Falconet—an old flame from her past—to find the two girls, and the secret to Terrebonne Key’s hidden fortune, before it’s too late.

Praise for the Del Shannon series: “The fast-flowing story will engage readers. It’s nice to see a woman in control in the leading role.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This is a truly exciting plot which makes for a great read. Del is a very strong and competent main character that lovers of suspense, western, and mystery books will absolutely enjoy ”—Suspense Magazine.

About the Author
Darrell James’ short stories have appeared in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and have garnered a number of awards, including finalist in the 2009 Derringer Awards. Nazareth Child won the 2012 Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel, and is a finalist for the 2012 Anthony Awards for Best First Novel and for the 2012 Macavity Awards for Best First Mystery Novel. In addition, his personal odyssey to publication appears in the Writer’s Digest book How I Got Published, along with J.A. Jance, David Morrell, Clive Cussler, and many other notable authors. James splits his time between Pasadena, California, and Tucson, Arizona. Visit him online at DarrellJames.com.