DEAD MAN'S BAY by Darryl Wimberley
A CASE FOR BARRETT RAINES
Thomas Dunne, July 2000
Barrett Raines is down on his luck and down on the world. His marriage is in trouble, he can't stop smoking, he's having beer for breakfast. Worse, at the beginning of the novel he lets his partner down and gets assigned to desk duty. For Barrett, one of the few African American officers in the crack Florida Department of Law Enforcement (state police), things couldn't get worse. Still, when he's finally assigned a case involving a brutal murder, Barrett is reluctant to get started. Is he being set up to fail?
Barrett and his partner follow the leads to remote Dead Man's Bay. The small fishing community is dominated by Esther, a hard-working fisherwoman who also runs the bar. Despite all the evidence Barrett finds, no one will admit anything to him.
Barrett needs more than to solve a case--he has to come to terms with who he is. Darryl Wimberley does an excellent job describing the gut-wrenching work involved in commercial fishing, and the soul-wrenching that Darryl has put himself through. Finally, Barrett must confront the killer who has worked his way to Dead Man's Bay, the secret that the community keeps, and his own limitations as a man who tries to be moral and follow the law. Wimberley manages the novel's strong theme with a light tough.
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