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Vineyard Prey by Philip R. Craig
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Synopsis: Joe Begay is marked for assassination by a killer called the Easter Bunny, as is his colleague, Kate. Although J.W. tries to stay clear of this problem, he is invariably pulled in. The question becomes how does the killer know his way around the island and how is he able to evade everyone looking for him.
Review: This is a rather straight-forward story with a very subtle hit that leads to the final outcome. ( )
  DrLed | May 11, 2016 |
J.W. Jackson helps his buddy Joe Begay out and becomes involved in a case involving intelligence agencies and possible terrorists. An easy read though the killer was a bit predictible. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Winter has come to the Vineyard and it has brought danger perilously close to the home of former cop J.S. Jackson. His friend and Vietnam companion Joe has sneaked onto the island, fearful of an unnamed threat. Years ago, Joe and several other government agents were embroiled in a bloody mess. Now only two agents remain, and a killer known as the Easter Bunny may be headed Joe's way. ( )
  jepeters333 | Aug 15, 2015 |
Interesting mystery set on deserted winter Martha's Vineyard. Retired CIA spy is hunted down, secret code words, locals protecting their own, red herrings and lots of local color. ( )
  Kathy89 | Mar 1, 2007 |
J.W. Jackson just wants to fish, spend the Christmas season with his family and let the world go by. Instead, he gets into a dangerous adventure that endangers both him and his family. In Vineyard Prey, a VietNam war buddy asks J.W. to surreptitiously get him back to his home on Martha’s Vineyard, where both men live. It’s an odd request, but the foundation of the men’s friendship is not asking too many questions. Joe Begay, it seems, works for the U.S. government in a job he can’t really talk about. J.W. feels a special kinship with Joe because the two were wounded in the same mortar attack in Viet Nam, so he agrees to help his old sergeant.

Circumstances force Joe to tell J.W. exactly what’s going on – and it’s a complex tale about an assassin dubbed “The Easter Bunny,” who has already killed some of Joe’s fellow agents. Also involved in this adventure is the exotic seductress Kate MacLeod, who like Joe is apparently on the Easter Bunny’s hit list. Throughout Vineyard Prey, J.W. is sucked deeper and deeper into the mystery and danger.

Philip R. Craig is a very reliable writer – always a good plot, interesting characters, smooth writing. Vineyard Prey isn’t one of my favorites, however. I thought the premise was a tad unlikely; that coincidence played too big a role in the resolution; and that Kate acted more like a carefree kid than a trained, mature intelligence agent in considerable danger of being murdered. I also prefer J.W.’s wife Zee to play more of a role in the story; she was mostly AWOL in this one.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, June-July 2005 edition. ( )
  NewsieQ | Dec 27, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060843284, Mass Market Paperback)

Summer is a distant memory. Thanksgiving has come
and gone. Hunting season is in full swing on the Vineyard . . .
And some of the prey is human.

Ex-cop, chef, and dedicated angler J.W. Jackson would do anything for his old 'Nam buddy and fishing companion Joe Begay. But when Joe asks to be smuggled back onto the Vineyard in secret, J.W. knows there's big trouble brewing. After his tour of duty officially ended, Joe was involved in highly sensitive covert government work. Now only Begay and one other former operative on his team -- the seductive and extremely dangerous Kate MacLeod -- are still alive. The three remaining shadow warriors died unexpectedly, quite possibly at the hands of a ruthlessly efficient killer known only as the Easter Bunny. J.W.'s beloved wife, Zee, and their two young children could easily get caught in the deadly crossfire if the assassin makes his way to their now desolate island. Or perhaps he -- or she -- is already there . . .

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Spending the winter at Martha's Vineyard with his family, retired cop J.W. Jackson is asked to help an old friend sneak back into his Vineyard home and discovers that the friend has been targeted for a past involvement in a dangerous mission.

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