A young woman’s bludgeoned body is found floating in the ocean off Cape Cod. Strikingly attractive with swimsuit model looks, the victim has left behind a string of male admirers, and is suspected of having had ties to a local drug dealer. Because of its lurid details, the crime receives broad media coverage, and the State Police are under intense pressure to find the killer. When they seek the assistance of the local police, Brian, a young cop who is still haunted by nightmares from his combat service in Iraq, volunteers to help with the investigation. But as he delves into the victim’s shadowy past, suspicions gradually begin to creep in about Brian and whether he may have in fact played a role in the young woman’s past himself. Struggling with his demons, Brian becomes trapped in a different kind of nightmare, this time one that is all too real. It is only the unmasking of the killer that finally unlocks the truth about Brian and about the beautiful young victim.
“A Cape Cod Mystery” This is a page-turner that you will not want to put down. The characters are described so well that you will recognize them in people you know. This book will be especially appreciated by anyone who has ever lived in a beach town. It is a promising first novel for Taylor who writes with amazing style. The mystery captivates you until the very end!~Kathleen Schortmann
“Wow! What a fun book!” First, it’s a suspenseful, tastefully R-rated murder mystery with clever plot twists. But I also found it to be an interesting, dark satire of shallow, materialistic modern America. I’m a high school English teacher who doesn’t ordinarily read “thrillers,” but I read this after it was recommended to me and enjoyed it very much.~James L. Dam