“Deadly Catch” protagonist Mac McClellan is a recently retired Marine trying to figure out what to do next with his life. While fishing near Five-Mile Island in the Florida panhandle, Mac meets Kate Bell, a saleslady at the marina where he’s renting a fishing boat. Mac’s dream vacation takes a wrong turn when he catches a decomposed body.
In the course of the murder investigation, a rare type of marijuana, Panama Red, is discovered on Mac’s rented boat. The investigation also turns up a link between the marijuana stash and local drug smugglers. As Mac realizes he’s being setup for murder and drug smuggling, he goes to work as an undercover Deputy with the Sheriff to clear his name.
Mac’s snooping around brings well-hidden family secrets to life, putting him at odds with local law enforcement officials and crooked politicians. Before he and Kate can find the real killer, Mac has to deal with the drug smugglers and their strong-armed thugs. Mac, who puts himself in harms way more than once to clear his name, must rely on his military training to save his life.
Deadly Catch combines a good read with vivid descriptions of the Florida panhandle. The characters, both villains and heroes, are well developed. Despite the crooked law enforcement officials and politicians, this is a “feel good” story. The plot is solid with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. This book has something for everyone with mystery, suspense and even a little bit of romance.
FTC Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by its publisher.
Michael Helms previous books include “The Proud Bastards” and “Of Blood Brothers.” Learn more about him on his website at www.emichaelhelms.com.