They find her buried in driftwood.
Harriet Abel never shows up for her appointment. Irritating as hell? Sure. It’s hard enough to work as a private investigator without potential clients standing you up.
Of course, it’s difficult to show up when you’re dead.
A revered community figure in the Oregon coast town of Barnacle Bluffs, the teacher extraordinaire never gets a chance to explain why she wants to hire Garrison Gage before her body turns up in a sandy grave. Seldom deterred by the lack of a client, Gage barrels forward intent on discovering the woman’s killer. Unfortunately, the professional curmudgeon stirs up a lot more trouble than he expects, putting innocent people in imminent danger.
In the past, Gage always triumphed over whatever dark forces stood in his way, but this time he may have gone too far — and he won’t be the only one paying the price.