Cross Current

  • Publish Date: 2005-09-27
  • Binding: Mass Market Paperback
  • Author: Christine Kling

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Christine Klings first novel, Surface Tension, introduced a remarkable sleuth in Seychelle Sullivan. Now, in Klings electrifying new book, Sullivan returnsa tall, strong, beautiful woman in a mans world, caught up in a complex drama set on the South Florida seacoast, where the crimes, hopes, and follies of dreamers and con artists all come washing ashore.

Seychelle is proud to follow in her fathers footsteps and work the waters on a tugboat. She remembers Florida before it fractured between rich and poor, white and black, Cuban and Haitian. For Seychelle, life is all about making a living, making love, and keeping her eye on the beauty that still remains in an ever-changing community. Then her life takes a turn when her tug intercepts with a swamped fishing boat in the Gulf Stream. Inside the boat are a murdered woman and a little girl in a white dress.

When Seychelle returns to shore with a traumatized Haitian girl named Solange in her cabin, she is faced with the border patrol, the police, and an unraveling love affair. Determined to protect Solange, and somehow keep her from being sent back to Haiti, Seychelle becomes obsessed with the forces that nearly killed the girland left her speechless with terror. All Seychelle knows for sure is that Solanges father was an American . . . and that somehow she slipped through a murderers hands.

Exploring the hidden world of Floridas Haitian community, Seychelle realizes that Solange is still in great dangerand that one killer has claimed dozens of lives. With a murderer stalking the child, Seychelle is racing to unravel dangerous truths. But to get the answers she needs, she must return to where it all started: in the waters of the Gulf Stream, where people died for a hope and prayer and a man with a machete did the work of the devil himself.

Taut, suspenseful, and filled with remarkable descriptions of Floridas many moods and guisesfrom million-dollar waterfront homes to haunted, backwater mangrove swamps and secret Voodoo ritualsCross Current is alive with personalities and passion and the work of an author boldly staking out territory all her own.

From the Hardcover edition.

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