As back-to-back hurricanes ravage the rural town of Pennsboro, the Andersen family suffers an irredeemable loss. Georgia becomes mired in a haze of medication and TV. Marsh retreats into work and fantasies of the redhead next door. Wil, a precocious boy with a fondness for a girl with almond eyes, suspects his parents are possessed by the aliens from his favorite movie.
Adding to their private grief is the collision of consumerism and the Cold War, amid the rising threat of Soviet missiles that may render obsolete America’s last hope for defense, the newly completed Distant Early Warning Line.
With the launch of Sputnik, the family’s anguish comes to a head. As the Andersens watch the first man-made satellite write history across the sky, they wonder if they, and the world, will ever find peace.
Based on true events, Distant Early Warning portrays the fears and dreams of a generation as it navigates the promise and perils of mid-century America.
Did CW McCoy’s father kill her mother and brother and nearly take her life? The question has haunted the former detective for nearly thirty years. When friend and mentor Walter Bishop discovers that police have arrested a suspect, CW reluctantly revisits her roots to uncover the hard truth about her family—no matter the cost.
Confronted by hostile sources and a city ravaged by a string of arsons, CW questions everything she’s come to believe about that night. Did her father commit the crime, or was he framed? Did he disappear, or was he murdered? And what about her own history with conflict? Does the family’s violent streak run in her veins, too?
In her fifth outing (after Permanent Vacation), CW rushes headlong into her most troubling case, one that will change her life forever. With Burning Man, she faces the greatest challenge of all—coming to terms with a past that continues to blaze.
Woodstock, Vietnam and the Tocks Island Dam—all hot button issues that divided a nation and a town. The Sixties were filled with a mix of conflict and hope, with madness and music, and the Delaware River became ground zero for that fight.
In Finding Woodstock, Jeff Widmer reflects on one of America’s most turbulent times as he examines the promise of a generation and the decade that shaped our lives. A companion to the novel Born Under a Bad Sign, the collection provides the backstory to a generation that is still trying to get back to the garden.
On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock comes a gripping story of love and obsession, set in one of the most turbulent times in American history.
It is 1969, capstone of a tumultuous decade, and life in the rural town of Pennsboro is about to explode. A dam that would flood the valley pits neighbor against neighbor. Protesters riot. Buildings burn. Amid the chaos, two lovers risk everything to fight for their dreams.
Elizabeth Reed loves photography, the river the government wants to dam, and a musician who can’t settle on any one person or place. Hayden Quinn, the guitarist Rolling Stone calls the next Jimi Hendrix, feeds a single obsession—to play Woodstock, the biggest concert of his life.
With saboteurs targeting everyone she loves, Elizabeth faces a terrible decision—whether to stay and save her family farm or relinquish her dreams to follow Quinn into the unknown.
Rich in unforgettable characters, brimming with social insight and historical detail, Born under a Bad Sign is a dramatic and nuanced portrait of love and loss in the Sixties—a coming-of-age story for an entire generation.
In her fourth outing (after Peak Season, Tourist in Paradise and Curb Appeal), CW relishes a fresh start—a new agency, a stellar property and a second chance at love. But opportunity turns tragic as she confronts the city elite and their web of deception and greed.
CW knows who’s guilty. She just has to prove it—before someone sends her on a permanent vacation.
While showing a mansion on Florida’s tony Spanish Key, former detective CW McCoy discovers the naked body of a rival real estate agent, a black bra wrapped around her neck.
It’s the least of CW’s problems. The hot new cop she’s dating may face assault charges. Relations with both her best friend and mentor have frayed. And back-to-back hurricanes threaten to flatten the coast.
As the deception and bodies mount, CW must uncover the truth about her friends, her lover and a serial killer bent on murdering fellow agents . . . before she becomes a victim herself.
Brinker has lost his magic. The agency’s CEO wants him to ace the competition. His former girlfriend wants him in detox. And as rival advertising executives disappear, an ambitious state trooper wants him in jail.
If this keeps up, the PR whiz who turned a serial killer into a national brand may have to vanish himself.
Throw in toxic waste, a nude car wash and a gun-toting presidential candidate and the czar of PR will have to spin some potent magic to escape the snare of sex, lies and greed that threatens to destroy his job, his sanity and the love of his life.
When a gunman mistakes Candace McCoy for a wealthy visitor, the former detective faces her biggest challenge yet: Is the violence the start of a full-blown war on tourists? Or are the attacks a smokescreen for an even greater threat?
And if CW (who made her debut in Peak Season) unmasks the killers, will it spell the end of her career, her friends, and her life?
Haunted by a father who destroyed her family and a skinhead who wants to finish the job, CW must confront her violent past as well as a dangerous future as she uncovers a conspiracy that leads from the sunny beaches of Florida to the statehouse.
In this economy, even an assassin needs an agent.
Sued by his publisher for libel, Brinker is reduced to promoting trolley tours of crime scenes. The tour business is dying. There aren’t enough murders to draw a crowd.
A good serial killer would help.
When his doctor asks for aid in euthanizing terminal patients, Brinker hires an assassin named Angel, who reigns chaos and fame on the sleepy resort town.
But as Angel’s demands soar with the body count, Brinker wonders whether he’ll become the latest addition to his own list.
Forced to shoot a fellow police officer, CW McCoy surrenders her gun, her badge and her confidence to take refuge in Southwest Florida. There, in the wealthy tourist mecca of Spanish Point, CW sells luxury real estate and cares for her ailing grandfather.
But even in paradise, violence finds her like a divining rod.
Declared dead by the courts, Bobby Lee Darby bursts into CW’s office to demand the family friend clear his name in a scheme to bilk millions from investors. When CW refuses, the fugitive financier kidnaps Pap to ensure her cooperation, triggering a chain of burglary, assault and murder that convinces local police that the former cop has gone rogue.
Racing to find Darby, CW must confront her violent past, risky affairs and love-hate relationship with Southwest Florida before those personal demons turn her new-found paradise into hell on earth.