McKennas given up his house and business and sailed away with his wifebut their continuous fights have driven her away. He hires Tom Cain to sail back to Boston. When Cain is about to be caught smuggling diamonds by the Coast Guard, he convinces McKenna to lie to save him for a share. Then the people Cain cheated come after McKennaand his wife.
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Rob McKenna and his wife, attempting to rebuild their marriage after the death of their daughter, seek solace in a new life aboard the boat they've bought and sailed to the Caribbean. But the effort fails, and Catherine leaves Rob midway on the voyage, forcing him to take on a crew member to help sail the boat back to Boston. Tom Cain turns out to be more than a capable sailor. He's also a thief and a con man, implicated (at least fictionally) in the biggest unsolved art theft in history--the disappearance of a $300-million-dollar trove of old masters from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
When McKenna realizes the truth about Cain, he's confronted with a Hobson's choice, and the decision he makes between two evils catapults him into a world of hurt, violence, deception, and murder. Can a moral man do an immoral thing and still consider himself a good human being? That's the philosophical question at the heart of this engrossing "what if." Unlike some speculative suspense thrillers based on actual events, this one stands on its own as a lively, well-told tale regardless of the historical circumstances that suggested it. Both Rob and Catherine are empathetic characters whose fate quickly grips the reader. The secondary figures, such as the incestuous brother-sister team who've been double-crossed by Tom Cain and the Vietnam vet who repays his debt to Rob by putting his own life on the line are equally well-drawn. The pacing is swift, careening to an explosive and satisfying conclusion--a page-turning read for armchair sailors with a penchant for true crime stories as well as made-up mysteries. --Jane AdamsAbout the Author:
Bill Eidson lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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