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  • 04/2020
  • 9781732459649 B086RY665F
  • 348 pages
  • $16.99
Kill Tide: A Pepper Ryan Thriller
A kidnapped girl. A terrified Cape Cod. And a police cadet in way over his head… It’s summertime on Cape Cod. Pepper Ryan’s biggest worries are a crummy love life and doubts about his supposedly bright future. But then a teenage girl is kidnapped, stunning her beach town. The police launch a manhunt to catch the brazen kidnapper nicknamed the Greenhead Snatcher. Pepper attempts to find the girl himself, but the only thing he finds is trouble. Then the Greenhead Snatcher strikes again. Pepper fights to untangle a growing mess of suspects and clues, and the pressure intensifies when he stupidly promises a family that he’ll bring their daughter home alive, or die trying... As time runs out, Pepper makes a final attempt to locate the girls and expose the shocking truth about the Greenhead Snatcher. Will Pepper’s desperate gamble succeed? Or will he lose everything? Kill Tide is the second book in the award-winning Pepper Ryan Thriller series.
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Fagan’s suspenseful second Pepper Ryan novel (after Killing Shore) is a prequel, featuring 20-year-old Pepper as a budding detective. The son of police chief Gerald Ryan, Pepper is working as a police cadet on Cape Cod and playing in a band, Brad and the Pitts, before he leaves for Harvard at the end of the summer. When teenagers Emma Bailey and Emma Addison are abducted, Pepper is determined to find the perpetrator and inserts himself into the investigation against the instructions of his supervising officer. After Pepper follows his instincts and tails a suspicious van, he ends up in a deadly fight with the man responsible for the abductions. As police hunt for the missing girls, Pepper conducts his own search, desperately hoping to find the two teens alive.

Fagan, an attorney, crisply portrays police and criminal procedure, instilling a sense of realism into the in-depth investigation of the kidnappings. He also draws a vivid picture of Cape Cod, alluding to the tourists’ impression of summer idyll while highlighting the round-the-clock efforts of police. He evocatively captures the antics of Pepper, whose self-destructive behavior belies his altruistic efforts to follow in the footsteps of his law enforcement family. Pepper is clearly on the cusp of adulthood, sometimes self-serving while also showing bursts of heroism. His budding romance with his bandmate Delaney Lynn provides a strong subplot, especially when she asks him to move to Nashville with her.

The narrative is fast-paced and intensifies with the introduction of a myriad of suspects and red herrings, and readers will eagerly turn the pages as they try to identify the culprit. The riveting conclusion and hints of future installments will thoroughly satisfy returning series fans as well as new readers.

Takeaway: Fans of amateur sleuth stories and beach reads will be captivated by this magnetic mystery set amid the beauty of a Cape Cod summer.

Great for fans of Ruth Howard’s Murder on Cape Cod, Rick Cochran’s Bound Brook Pond.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: -
Editing: A
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2020
  • 9781732459649 B086RY665F
  • 348 pages
  • $16.99

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