By J.A. Jance
The Statfire Breeze steams its manner north towards the Gulf of Alaska, buffeted by means of crisp sea winds blowing down from the Arctic. these on board are looking for peace, rest, event, break out. yet there is not any get away the following during this position of unspoiled ordinary majesty. simply because terror strolls the decks even within the marvelous mild of day... and demise is a conspicuous, unwelcome passenger. And a former Seattle policeman -- a broken murder Detective who has come to heal from clean, stinging wounds -- will locate that the awful ghosts pursuing him weren't left at the back of ... as a excitement cruise long gone horribly incorrect incorporates him inexorably into deadly, ever-darkening waters.
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Well, all right,” he agreed. ” With that he turned and went back the way he had come. Several steps away, he stopped and returned to the table. “I almost forgot,” he said. “You had a phone call. ” I asked. Lars shrugged. “Beats me,” he said. “Some guy. Didn’t Birds of Prey 55 leave a name. Must not have been that all-ﬁred important. ” Giving Naomi a mock salute, Lars went on his way. I wondered who might have called. The only person I had made arrangements to see later was Marc Alley. Maybe he needed to cancel our lunch date.
Admittedly, Marc’s was a handful. Margaret Featherman danced with her body glued to his in a way that made it look as though she was ready to seduce him on the spot. I remember Mother warning me about girls who danced that way. Miss Toledo told me much the same thing. Somehow, I don’t think anyone ever got around to telling Marc Alley. I was taking a turn around the ﬂoor to the tune of “Dancing in the Dark” with Naomi Pepper, the plumpish woman who had winked at me earlier. We passed close by Marc and Margaret just in time to catch Margaret nibbling on the poor guy’s ear.
The gale had yet to blow itself out, and I was happy to be there to steady her as we made our way down the long, narrow corridor to their cabin on the Bahia Deck. “I’m glad to see you’re wearing your bracelets,” she said when we stopped in front of her door and while I waited for her to extract the room key card from her pocket. “They saved my life,” I told her. ” I held the door open for her and walked her as far as the freshly made-up bed. ” I asked. “No,” she said. “I’m ﬁne. I’ll just take a little nap.