By Jonathon King
Hailed for his “extraordinary” writing (Publishers Weekly) and his “incisively chiseled characters” (The big apple Times), Jonathon King returns with a chilling new mystery that includes Max Freeman, the main considerate, well-read, and multilayered inner most eye hero for the reason that Spenser” (Booklist, starred review). yearning a few quiet time jointly, Max Freeman and Detective Sherry Richards retreat to Max’s shack deep within the Florida Everglades. No tv. No mobile phones. No pals. it kind of feels just like the excellent getaway till a violent storm rips via South Florida, obliterating every thing in its direction. and that's only the start of the nightmare. With Sherry significantly injured and no technique to demand aid, the couple starts a treacherous journey again to civilization basically to discover that the hurricane’s devastation is the least in their concerns. The isolation they sought turns into a dangerous enemy as undesirables invade the Glades. a few have come to pillage and loot what continues to be, whereas others are eager to safeguard secrets and techniques. All are prepared to kill to get what they got here for, and Max and Sherry are smack within the line of fireplace. Evoca- tive and gripping, Acts of Nature strains their race opposed to time and the weather to flee prior to it’s too overdue.
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They dropped, some with short spins as the bullets slapped them, and not one got off a shot. The last man was still on his knee over the briefcase, eyes still full of American greenbacks and maybe a vision of what the money was going to buy him and his family. A pleasant place to be when you die, Harmon thought after quickly taking the Colt from his torn pocket and shooting the stunned rebel in the side of the head. The chopper was banking in low now, the pilot perhaps seeing the bodies still twitching around the men he was there to pick up.
I shut up. Now, only at times would I quietly call out “turtles to the right” when I spotted a crop of yellow-bellies sunning themselves on a downed tree trunk or “snout on the left in the pool” when I saw a gator’s arched eye sockets and nostrils floating on the mirror-flat surface of a pond of water off the main channel. Sherry was also becoming adept at spotting the herons that kept pace in front of us or the rare afternoon appearance of a river otter on a sand bank. She would simply extend an arm and point in the direction and then look back at me, smiling, to see if I was paying attention.
Gonna get me killed. FOUR There is no specific way to know how old the river is that I live on. We know the larger cypresses that define the place have been growing for more than two centuries. The long, gauzy strands of Spanish moss and strangler fig that wrap themselves in those trees could be three to ten years. The bright green pond apples, each slightly larger than a golf ball, that hang on branches at the edge of our first bend are only from this season. The tea-colored water, opaque and sometimes sluggish, sometimes swift depending on the rain amounts in the Glades, is only today’s.
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