Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean

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"Dawson writes believable dialogue, creates quickly realized and appealing characters and has a particularly nice atmospheric touch."
--San Francisco Examiner
Beautiful Ariel Logan was last seen quarreling with her boyfriend outside a Monterey pub. Now she lies dead on a California beach. An autopsy reveals that Ariel's death is no accidental drowning, but a cold-blooded killing.
Vacationing private investigator Jeri Howard has more than professional interest in the case: Ariel's boyfriend, the prime murder suspect, is Jeri's rowdy cousin, Bobby Ravella. Despite Bobby's refusal to defend himself, Jeri believes in his innocence, and instinct tells her the murder is part of a far larger evil. To find the truth, Jeri goes fishing for a big one in deep and treacherous waters and discovers that Ariel's short life was not free from dark secrets....
"Mother/daughter feuds, family solidarity, an ecological mystery: Dawson blends these familiar ingredients with a chef's élan."
--Kirkus Reviews

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A week's vacation with her family in Monterey becomes a busman's holiday for Oakland PI Jeri Howard, last seen in Take a Number, in her taut, absorbing fourth adventure. First, she agrees to help a biologist cousin find out who is mutilating pelicans in the area. Then another cousin becomes a murder suspect when the body of his girlfriend washes up near the coast. Jeri also offers to help her mother, owner of Cafe Marie, discover who is behind recent incidents that are driving business away from the restaurant. Working on all three cases, Jeri learns that nearly everyone, from the dead girl's parents to her mother's new lover, has something to hide. Adrift in a swirl of leads and clues, she calls on her retired mentor, Errol Seville, with whose help she's finally able to link the disparate cases and solve the crimes. Drawing force from Monterey Bay's Cannery Row past and its up-to-the-minute present, Dawson's suspenseful story builds momentum like an ocean wave. Readers are advised to dive right in.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The fourth Jeri Howard mystery (Take a Number, Fawcett: Columbine, 1993) takes the Oakland private investigator to Carmel and Monterey Bay, where an intended vacation becomes work. Pelican mutilations, water pollution, sabotage in her mother's restaurant, and a fisherman cousin framed for the murder of his socialite fiancee all vie for Jeri's attention. Saddled with an array of surly suspects to choose from and an independent mother with whom she can argue, Jeri nonetheless exposes the culprit. Series fans especially will appreciate the perspicacious heroine, the California setting, and the serviceable prose.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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