When an LA private investigator heads to Colorado to see an old buddy and get in a little fishing, he finds that he can't really get away from it all. It's like he never left home. He walks in on a murder that his buddy, the editor and publisher of the local paper wants solved.
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Ron is the world's best Caribbean boat bum. Based on the fictional tropical island of Kayakoo, he works on his wooden boat, living a glorious life on a shoestring budget, usually managing to earn enough for rum and food. With an unquenchable optimism, he confronts the world and, as long as he has his leaky old wooden boat, manages to have fun, regardless of the current disaster. To make ends meet, Ron and his crew haul cargo, run bizarre charters, smuggle and even build a house. Nothing succeeds, exactly, but nothing fails, either.
Sweet ain't gonna build no more boats. A boatbuilder is found dead on the beach and Johnny Cliff needs to find out what happened to him. With the help of a friend from Scotland Yard taking his vacation on the island of Kayakoo, he follows the typically twisting and curious trail an island investigation can take.
The hub of life in the islands is the local rum shop and though life in the Windward Islands in the Caribbean might be a little different, move at a slower pace than in other places, the problems of life are pretty much the same.
Martin Billings goes to Venezuela to get some documents signed, but the man who is supposed to sign them has disappeared. He finds a burning sailboat, but who is the mystery woman taking pictures of it? And why is a British ex spy interested in the man too? Martin needs some answers, and preferably before Ugly Bill gets too tired of him playing detective.
It is hard to prove that something didn't happen, and Martin Billings is in Venezuela because someone has to prove that his brother, Tim, didn't murder a fisherman. And a lot of people don't seem to want him to succeed. A mysterious and gorgeous woman lawyer is trying to get him to leave the country without stirring things up, but she won't say why. When someone brutally murders Tim's girlfriend, Martin becomes a suspect.
Two short stories about life on sailboats in and around the Caribbean - the Lesser Antilles. The sea does not give quarter and not being vigilant can be fatal; yet simply being at sea when the sails are full and the seas alive is like nothing else on earth.
The craziness that comes with the summer heat gets into your bones, fraying friendships and making even thought a chore. A road trip to some place - maybe a mountain without the weight of a name can change things. Getting three people in synch complicates things. Even choosing a route requires more tact and diplomacy than real people can muster. And finding the place might not be the right goal anyway.
A writer backpacking in Asia looks for a quiet place to write about a criminal on the run. He finds the ideal place in a small town and learns that fiction and reality blur together more often than you might expect.