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Rogue's regatta
Briody, Thomas Gately.
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First St. Martin's Minotaur edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
260 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Michael Carolina mystery"--Jacket.
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When Hunter Worthington III, the young winner of a prestigious sailing competition, is found dead the morning after his race, news reporter Michael Carolina quickly starts to conduct a murder investigation all his own. The father of the victim is a wealthy Newport socialite who, aside from seeming curiously unremorseful, was seen slapping his son the day before his death. Complications arise when Carolina's lover, a newly established private investigator named Carla, gets hired by no other than Worthington Junior (the prime suspect) to solve the crime. Independently of each other and at the expense of their relationship, Michael and Carla both get mixed up with the utterly disfunctional Worthington family. In the process, they discover exactly what ugly secrets lurk behind majestic Newport facades, and exactly to what lengths people will go to escape their shameful pasts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Briody's fourth novel (Rogue's Wager, etc.) brings Providence, R.I., TV reporter Michael Carolina back to the tony but corrupt sailing scene in Newport. Young Hunter Worthington III is sweeping sailing races, seemingly unstoppable. But the day after an inexplicable public argument with his aloof and rigid father, Hunter Jr., Hunter III is found dead on a yacht. Assigned to the story, Carolina and his associate Earl Taylor set out to investigate. Suspects include the deceased's body-pierced stepsister, Morgan, reticent headmaster DeLaurent and the Worthingtons' odd butler, Boswell. Coincidentally, Carolina's PI girlfriend, Carla Tattaglia, is hired to get to the bottom of the very same story, adding some strain to their relationship until they team up and learn about the perplexing goings-onÄwhich turn out to include incest and pornographyÄat Chƒteau du Printemps, the Worthington family abode. The trail leads to Minnesota and Florida before it circles back to Rhode Island at the end of a journey that takes readers through some very dirty family laundry. Along the way, Briody depicts two less-than-perfect father-son relationshipsÄthat of Hunter Jr. and Hunter III, and Carolina's rapport with his own boozing, gambling father. As usual, Carolina and Tattaglia acquire some bruisesÄand also as usual, Briody darkens a solid plot with some noir-spirited pathos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Rhode Island journalist Michael Carolina covers the story of a father suspected of killing his sailor son. Michael's private eye girlfriend, meanwhile, approaches the case from a different angle. Water-based action, solid prose. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.