When attractive young women start disappearing from the luxury cruise ships of Camelot Cruise Line at an alarming rate, Viktor Viken, Camelot’s billionaire owner with a questionable past coerces his lawyer, Raam Commoner, into doing whatever it takes to stop the seagoing serial killer without a story on the six o’clock news.
A chance but near fatal shipboard encounter compels Raam — the tall, good-looking but burned-out womanizer who has been cleaning up after Viktor Viken for years — and Kayman Karl, the smart, beautiful and independent private investigator who has been hired by a distraught father to investigate the cruise line disappearance of his daughter — to lay down their swords and join forces in the search for the motive behind the murders. Eventually, opposites attract — but all thoughts of romance are put on hold once it becomes obvious that Kayman fits the profile of previous victims and they must race to find and stop a twisted murderer before he strikes again.
Revenge for a long-ago crime drives the killer, a brilliant manipulator who misleads and misdirects Raam and Kayman in a deadly game until they decipher the clues he leaves in his wake — clues leading them to a final shipboard confrontation that can end only in the hands of a common enemy, or in the depths of a watery grave.
Richard David Bach was born in New York City and grew up on the south shore of Long Island. He acquired a Civil Engineering degree from Rensselaer Po
lytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where it was claimed that the mechanical and nuclear engineers designed weapons while his fellow civil engineers built targets.
ROTC at RPI led to a commission in the Air Force and two years on active duty overseeing design and construction of anti-missile radar sites in the Arctic, after which he accidently migrated to Portland, Oregon where he studied law at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.
With law school and the bar exam behind him, he joined Stoel Rives, LLP, one of Portland’s most prestigious law firms, where he founded and chaired the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group — practicing environmental law until he retired to take up writing.
Richard David Bach lives and writes in Portland, Oregon where he dotes upon his wife (always his first reader!), four children, nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
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