Devil’s Harbor: Alex Gilly
No two people often see an incident in the same way. Different slants, angles and even lighting can change a person’s perspective when reporting or seeing something happening. Marine Interdiction Agent Nick Finn saw what he thought was a boat, using his night vision goggles and trying to make contact with the person on board. But, not everyone follows protocol and thinking the person had something in his hand, possibly a weapon, he warned the suspect to put his hands but instead he fired what appeared to be an AK 47 but no one could be sure. The breeze or wind pushed a ring of smoke in front of the man and Finn’s visibility to see him clearly was gone. His only option was to take a chance and shoot him, which he did. But, was this a legitimate kill or would it land him in trouble? Was this guy into drugs or was he really going fishing was revealed at a later date? Was he pointing a gun or was it a fishing reel? But, this is just the start of his troubles as his boss the head of DMB calls him on the carpet, pretends to set up an impartial hearing and the next things you know he is going to be indicted. But, first the author introduces Diego, his brother-in-law and partner in the Customs Border Patrol who backs up his story but no one hears him during the hearing. Mona his wife is a high-powered attorney who defends Mexicans and whose presence at the hearing creates quite a stir. Quite knowledgeable and not about to let them ram rod Nick, the end result will surprise readers as she takes the bull by the horns, makes her position known and ends the hearing on a very dangerous note.
Before the hearing he and Diego find a dead body riddled by a deadly shark. The teenager’s body has no legs and the end result would prove he was into drugs and wanted to become what the author states a gangbanger. Looking deep into this young teen’s record the author reveals that there are several, namely five young teens that supposedly boarded a boat called the La Catrina who never made it to America and or contacting their families. There are many young immigrants that come here hopeful and just wanting to earn money to send back home. Cheap labor and the author relate much about these young men and how they are ill-treated. But, things get worse before they get even close to solving who the first victim Perez really was and whether his boat had drugs on it. Nick Finn finds himself angry and distraught and resorts to drinking, gets blotto and finds himself the victim of an assault. As he tries to focus as to what happened and goes to meet Diego the next day to find out more about the young dead teen, an officer to learn that his brother-in- law was murdered greets him. Catalina Island in southern California is the setting and looking for drugs and smugglers in these waters his job. From the moment Nick spots the boat without lights, the chase and the deadly shooting his life would take on more than just a downward spiral.
Finn’s mind often seems clouded by his urge to bury his thoughts and sorrows in the bottle. Dealing with Diego’s death he has reason to believe that it’s connected to the man he killed Perez and the young teenager who they found in the water. Diego was questioning the death of the young teen and trying to link it to Perez the dirty cop and the young teen. Enter Linda Blake who pretended to be afraid of the people who she was really working for. Diego was in the wrong place asking the wrong questions as the wrong time. Linda Blake pretended that the informant Cutts had kidnapped her daughter Lucy and would kill her if she did not do as he said. So, Finn got roped into going on the Belle and transporting drugs in order to save himself from the drug cartel and hopefully saving Linda’s daughter Lucy. But, not everyone is what they seem and Finn’s mind was so clouded and muffled by feeling sorry for himself, anger and rage that he did not see through the lies, deceits and deceptions until it was too late. But, drugs are just the tip of the iceberg when Finn decides to join Linda Blake on a jaunt to save himself, get the drugs and hopefully clear his name, little does he know or realize that there is another hidden agenda that would take the events and turn them deadly. With his wife angry with him, agreeing to help him with his case and work as his lawyer, Finn’s actions on the Pacific Belle might make you question his loyalties. Just where did his gun go when he was attacked? Why did his boss sell him out? What and who framed him so perfectly he just might sink deeper than the victims he shot and found. The Belle is a fishing boat that is partly owned by Linda Blake and her goal is to get medical help for her daughter Lucy. Playing the victim and the poor mother who lacks insurance that would cover her daughter’s expenses, she claims she had no other way out then to sell part of her shares in the boat to the drug cartel, transport drugs and one thing that becomes evident.
As the events take on a different light when Linda returns to the Belle with a young child claiming she was saving her from death by the cartel the truth will finally come out and what she was really doing and who she really is will not only destroy her credibility but place Mona, his wife in danger. Selling organs to the highest bidder! A doctor that would have the organ donor list of those needing a specific organ and they would use live victims and harvest their organs in people that were in need of a particular organ. Linda’s daughter needed a kidney and there was a doctor working with her as well as her sister who worked in a hospital. As Finn learns the truth about Linda from a source he refuses to believe that not only did she lie about what she was doing but also the reasons behind it were not quite what he thought. What happens when greed, power, misuse of the medical system, false evidence and the chance to frame someone else for a crime are just some of the issues that come to light as author Alex Gilly’s novel is filled with suspense, twists and an ending that will leave not only readers wondering but Finn too: What will he decide: Mona or Navidad an innocent child? Will he sacrifice his wife for what he believes will help a helpless child? A debut novel that leaves room for the author to bring back Nick and let readers know what’s next! Will he remain with the Customs Border Patrol? Will he move on to something else? What about the charges against him and will he stop drinking before he loses Mona for good? Who lives? Who dies? Who becomes the final victim of the Devil’s Harbor?
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