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Tone of Language: Factual, emotionally neutral, confiding
Characters: Long suffering and emotionally drained, persevering and coping
Pace: Selfless determination to help others adds a sense of urgency
Plot twists: Two surprises at the end alter the main character's relationships with the men in her life.
Values: Old-fashioned emphasis on showing unconditional love trumps the distractions of popular culture.
Sexuality: Very limited. Overwhelming circumstances are not conducive to sexuality.
Ending: Cruelty damages some people but it also strengthens the resolve of some people.
Background Research: South Florida land and sea scapes, boating, GPS systems
Offensive to any group: None
Targeted audience: Everyone

Flaws: The villain's scheme to get revenge by starting a business seems like an overly complicated way to accomplish it. ( )
  unrequitedlibrarian | Sep 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034547905X, Hardcover)

In her Seychelle Sullivan novels, Christine Kling has brilliantly rendered the world of South Florida, as seen from the teeming waters around it. From harbors of Key West to the wilds of Biscayne Bay to the night lights of Miami, Kling’s tough-minded heroine has carved out a life that is uniquely her own. Now, this fiercely independent woman is at a turning point . . . and in a dangerous duel with an unseen enemy.

In the 1800s, Key West was built by wrecking skippers who in feats of derring-do raced to shipping disasters to save valuable cargos from the ocean depths. Today, as too many boats chase too few wrecks, salvage has turned into a cutthroat corporate enterprise. Seychelle Sullivan, who pilots a tug her father built by hand, is unable and unwilling to compete. She is overwhelmed by issues of love, trust, motherhood, career, and family. But when a friend is killed, Seychelle begins to suspect a chilling scenario: that modern-day wreckers are causing yachts to crash onto the reefs–and killing off whoever gets in the way.

Nestor Frias was piloting a billionaire’s luxury power yacht on its maiden voyage when it ran aground. A few days later, Frias was dead. His eight-months-pregnant widow is distraught, and a host of questions surround both Frias’s death and the ship’s accident. When another man dies while asking questions, Seychelle navigates the dangerous shoals and channels of the case and her life, unaware that a greater danger is looming: a murderous human storm designed perfectly for her.

With its vivid, colorful characters and rich sense of sea and land, Wreckers’ Key is a brilliant addition to Christine Kling's fascinating, entertaining, and thrilling Florida mystery series.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:15 -0400)

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Seychelle's friend is killed in a windsurfing accident that his pregnant widow insists was murder.

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