A Soul Defiled: A Bailey Crane Mystery

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"A Soul Defiled - A Bailey Crane Mystery" is Book 5 in the 'Bailey Crane Mystery Series.' Each of the Bailey Crane books can be read independently of the other. Each succeeding book shows the natural progression of the central character (aging, loves, experiences).
Bailey's intent is fun and sun on the beautiful Sea of Cortez, but an old friend's request for help changes his immediate plans: the Homeowners Association at the lovely Mar y Sol resort is experiencing some financial problems and its treasurer has just been murdered. His friend's request for assistance leads to some very scary moments for our southern sleuth. Kidnapped twice, battered, bruised, Bailey finds it all in this caper --- murder, money laudering scams, and betrayal. There is a man of intrigue that brings another dimension to the story, and the climatic ending to the tale is riveting, bringing with it an emotional catharsis for our hero. Bailey goes through the mazes, eventually finds his bad guys but he is left with the knowledge that friendship can be fragile and tentative.
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At the beach, he gave the middle-aged vendor his wallet to hold for him, chatted with him for a while in Spanish, got astride the jet ski and slowly moved out to deeper water. He made a few fast figure eights some five hundred yards offshore, allowing himself some final and nebulous act of rebellion, then pointed the jet ski in a straight line toward the distant horizon. He accelerated, and the jet ski thrust forward, spewing up heavy sprays, bouncing on the sea ruts and ripples. The wind screamed and hurled itself at his face and body, his hair flaring out in demonic poses, his wide lips closed tightly against his clenched teeth. On he went toward a horizon that only got farther away. His mind and body worked to keep balance on the jet ski, his heart pounding inside his chest, his mind focused only on the never diminishing line ahead where the sea meets the sky. Something in the water ahead caught his attention, something orange and heavy metal. He gave the jet ski all that the throttle would give and headed toward the orange object. Just before the jet ski hit the orange metal, his mind projected the picture of a little boy sobbing, standing sad and forlorn in front of an old deserted house. Tears now came in a mad rush to mix with the sea spray and wind and his ending.

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On the beach, the vendor could no longer see the Jet ski and he somehow knew that he would never see the man again. With a premonition, the vendor pulled from his pocket the wallet the man had given him. Inside the billfold was a note and twenty-five hundred dollars. The handwritten note read: "Follow these instructions and you will be a very wealthy man. Do with your life and the money what you will. My hope is that you will use the money for good and noble deeds. You will find your ending a much nicer place to be." Attached to the note was a website address, numbers and password for an online bank account, instructions for redirecting funds, and further linkage information. The man in soiled clothes looked toward the distant horizon and saw nothing. While the excitement of the moment overwhelmed him, he replaced the wallet and note in his pocket, stood for moments looking out at the sea. An unaccountable sadness overtook him and he wept for the man he would never know.

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"A Soul Defiled - A Bailey Crane Mystery" is Book 5 of six books in the 'Bailey Crane Mystery Series'.

This 'Bailey Crane' book is likely one of my personal favorites. Why? Don't really know, except the environment for writing the book was so very pleasant --- stopping occasionally during the laptop pecks and looking out across that beautiful sea was so exhilirating. In fact, watching from my deck, a hawker walking on the beach peddling his serapes gave me the very first glimpse into this 'Bailey Crane' novel. Unfortunately, the poor hawker in the book was to have a very short appearance in the prologue of "A Soul Defiled - A Bailey Crane Mystery."

Note: Each 'Bailey Crane' Book can be read independently of the other. There is a natural progression, of course, of Bailey aging and becoming whatever it is he's becoming.

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Bailey Crane and wife, Wendy, are just settling into their new condo unit on the Sea of Cortez when a call from an old friend begins a dangerous ride through another mystery maze. They're all here, the scammers, contract killers, good guys, bad guys. Bailey has come to the sea for some retirement fun and sun. Instead, he gets kidnapped twice, battered and bruised twice, meets a man of intrigue, and, finally finds that friendship and life can come to surprising ends.

With compelling characters and a beautiful backdrop of sea and desert elegance, this is a tale with surprising climatic moments, not to be missed.

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. 234 pages. Dimensions: 7.8in. x 5.1in. x 0.5in.A Soul Defiled - A Bailey Crane Mystery is Book 5, the final book in the Bailey Crane Mystery Series. Each of the Bailey Crane books can be read independently of the other. Each succeeding book shows the natural progresssion of the central character (aging, loves, experiences). Baileys intent is fun and sun on the beautiful Sea of Cortez, but an old friends request for help changes his immediate plans: the Homeowners Association at the lovely Mar y Sol resort is experiencing some financial problems and its treasurer has just been murdered. His friends request for assistance leads to some very scary moments for our southern sleuth. Kidnapped twice, battered, bruised, Bailey finds it all in this caper --- murder, money laudering scams, and betrayal. There is a man of intrigue that brings another dimension to the story, and the climatic ending to the tale is riveting, bringing with it an emotional catharsis for our hero. Bailey goes through the mazes, eventually finds his bad guys but he is left with the knowledge that friendship can be fragile and tentative. PASSAGE FROM THE BOOK: At the beach, he gave the middle-aged vendor his wallet to hold for him, chatted with him for a while in Spanish, got astride the jet ski and slowly moved out to deeper water. He made a few fast figure eights some five hundred yards offshore, allowing himself some final and nebulous act of rebellion, then pointed the jet ski in a straight line toward the distant horizon. He accelerated, and the jet ski thrust forward, spewing up heavy sprays, bouncing on the sea ruts and ripples. The wind screamed and hurled itself at his face and body, his hair flaring out in demonic poses, his wide lips closed tightly against his clenched teeth. On he went toward a horizon that only got farther away. His mind and body worked to keep balance on the jet ski, his heart pounding inside his chest, his mind focused only on the never diminishing line ahead where the sea meets the sky. Something in the water ahead caught his attention, something orange and heavy metal. He gave the jet ski all that the throttle would give and headed toward the orange object. Just before the jet ski hit the orange metal, his mind projected the picture of a little boy sobbing, standing sad and forlorn in front of an old deserted house. Tears now came in a mad rush to mix with the sea spray and wind and his ending. On the beach, the vendor could no longer see the Jet ski and he somehow knew that he would never see the man again. With a premonition, the vendor pulled from his pocket the wallet the man had given him. Inside thebillfold was a note and twenty-five hundred dollars. The handwritten note read: Follow these instructions and you will be a very wealthy man. Do with your life and the money what you will. My hope is that you will use the money for good and noble deeds. You will find your ending a much nicer place to be. Attached to the note was a website address, numbers and password for an online bank account, instructions for redirecting funds, and further linkage information. The man in soiled clothes looked toward the distant horizon and saw nothing. While the excitement of the moment overwhelmed him, he replaced the wallet and note in his pocket, stood for moments looking out at the sea. An unaccountable sadness overtook him and he wept for the man he would never know. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9781463646806

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