The Boat Man
Detective Reed Mattox, just three months removed from the death of his partner, has turned invisibility into an art form. Switching to the K-9, taking over the graveyard shift, moving to a farmhouse miles outside of Columbus, his every move has become predicated on putting as much distance between himself and the outside world as possible.
That distance is shattered though when bodies begin turning up in The Bottoms, the poverty-stricken section of town he is assigned to patrol. Grisly, horrific scenes start to pop up in the middle of the night and the overburdened precinct has no choice but to put Reed on it.
Now operating far outside of his comfort zone with a Belgian Malinois for a partner that attracts attention wherever they go, Reed is forced to unravel the murders, taking him clear across the city and back years in time, to an event that some very influential people will do anything to keep buried…
Much like Going Viral, this was a story idea that first came to me more than a year ago and kind of percolated for a while before being ready. The first thing that actually resonated was the antagonist, a complete twist on the traditional order of things, and from there I was able to work backwards into Reed, Billie, and everything else that came to be.
Also, a special shout out to Anita Carroll for the fantastic cover design, and for being a complete joy to work with. I guess it makes sense though….she moved to America, settled w/ her family in the greater Boston area, and promptly became a fan of the local sports teams. Like there was any way we wouldn't be friends…