Dell, May 2004, 6.99, 328 pp.
After working for years as a military police officer and as a civilian patrol officer Dan Shaw is a paralegal going at night to law school. He also serves subpoenas to people to make court appearances until his last mark beat him up and Dan then decided to earn money in a safer way. Lawyer Tom Petrie hires Dan to travel to Key Largo to find Peter Falconer who is due to inherit millions of dollars. He locates Peter's boat but the only thing on board is a shaved dead goat. A female body is found at the bottom of the sea.
When Dan returns to Bell Harbor, Petrie informs him that Peter has been kidnapped and the perpetrators demand $750,000 for his return. When Dan arrives at the exchange location, he realizes the perpetrators are pirates who trade in drugs, illegal immigrants and military weapons. The exchange fails to happen because nobody makes contact with him. A new location is arranged. This time Petrie and Peter's sister accompanies him but they find themselves in a boatload of trouble when they and the money wind up in the pirates' hands.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner