By Carl Brookins
Lake Superior has called Mary Whitney once more to its shores. While her husband, Michael Tanner, finishes several projects in Seattle, Mary flies alone to settle into her chartered sailboat in Bayfield, Wisconsin. She is looking forward to a relaxing solo sail and a few days communing with the lake. Neither she nor Michael are aware that Edwin Tobias, a wealthy and determined hedge fund operator and corporate raider–not to mention Mary's twisted ex husband–has been tracking her movements.
With a yen for intrigue, Mary intends to visit most of the Apostle Islands and being on her own allows her that blissful freedom. Shrouded in mystery, the island that draws her highest interest, aptly named Devils Island, is isolated and lacking a protected anchorage. No one lives on the island and it is rarely visited. Its dramatic history and unceasing wave action has left the formation of great caves that emit sonorous moans and booming sounds. It is there, off that rocky coast, Mary meets the ultimate challenge of her life. Will all her mental and physical resources be enough to save her life and protect her boat?
Brookins writes three series; a sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney. The Sean Sean private investigator series set in Minneapolis, and has introduced a new protagonist, Jack Marston, an administrator at an urban college for working adults. His short work appears in anthologies, "Silence of the Loons," and "Resort to Murder," "Heat of the Moment," and "Out of the Gutter." Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a freelance photographer, a Public Television program director and producer, a Cable TV administrator, and a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
He has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews appear on his own web site, and on Internet review sites, including Books n' Bytes and The Mystery Morgue. Brookins is an avid recreational sailor. With his wife and friends he has sailed in many locations across the world. He is a member of Sisters in Crime, Private Eye Writers of America, MWA, and EPIC. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave.
He lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with his wife Jean, a retired publisher and editor.