A bomb explodes on a sunset charter cruise out of Friday Harbor at the height of tourist season and kills everyone on board. Now this fishing and boating community is in shock and asking who would commit such a heinous crime—the largest act of mass murder in the history of the San Juan Islands.
Was the explosion an act of domestic terrorism, or was one of the dead the primary target? That is the first question Special Agent Matt Costa, Detective Kara Quinn and the rest of the FBI team need to answer, but they have few clues and no witnesses.
Accused of putting profits before people after leaking fuel endangered an environmentally sensitive preserve, the West End Charter company may itself have been the target. As Matt and his team get closer to answers, they find one of their own caught in the crosshairs of a determined killer.
A Quinn & Costa Thriller
Book 1: The Third to Die
Book 2: Tell No Lies
Book 3: The Wrong Victim
In bestseller Brennan's busy third Costa and Quinn novel (after 2021's Tell No Lies), FBI special agent Matt Costa, head of the agency's Mobile Response Team, and LAPD officer Kara Quinn, who's on loan to the FBI, travel to Washington's San Juan Island to investigate the bombing of a private charter boat piloted by retired FBI agent Neil Devereaux. Neil and his eight wealthy passengers died in the explosion, and the FBI is in a quandary about who the intended victim might have been. Was a businessman marked for death by his lovely young widow? Was Neil murdered by a criminal connected to a cold case he was investigating? Was the charter service the target of a domestic terrorist attack? Or is there something else afoot on San Juan Island? The tension rises as a top FBI forensic psychiatrist questions Kara's assessments of the suspects, as well as Matt's reasons for including her on the team. Brennan tends to overdo the details of her many characters' emotional lives, but she keeps readers guessing whodunit to the end as the attraction between Matt and Kara heats up. Romantic suspense fans will be satisfied. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House.