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Osprey reef
McKernan, Victoria.
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First Carroll and Graf edition.
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New York : Carroll & Graf, [1990]

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Daughter of a Norwegian sea captain and a woman from Trinidad, exotic and feisty Chicago Nordejoong, the heroine of this mystery debut, is an appealing character. At the novel's promising start, professional diver Chicago and her teenage Haitian assistant are collecting fish on South Florida's Osprey Reef, a former missile site, when they are attacked by a group of unusually aggressive sharks. Fighting their way to the surface, they find that their boat has been set adrift. The two are rescued by Alex Sanders, a seasick Miami cop who is sportfishing with his partner. From here, however, the novel founders, as references to mysterious goings-on at the reef give way to a conventional story of drug-running. While pursuing their mutual attraction, Alex, an undercover federal agent investigating police department corruption, and Chicago find that her brush with the sharks and his investigation are connected, a coincidence that undermines credibility. It's a shame that McKernan centers the story around Alex and drugs instead of on Chicago and her life as a fish collector for aquariums. Chicago, who has sailed everywhere and can curse in a dozen languages, is original. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

First novelist McKernan enters Miami vice waters by way of offshore scuba diving at Osprey Reef, where mixed-breed boat-dweller Chicago Nordejoong runs afoul of sharks--both marine and human. An off-duty policeman named Alex Sanders, secretly investigating Dade County police corruption for the FBI, rescues Chicago, falls for her exotically decorated lifestyle, and uncovers clues helpful to a current drug investigation. As their efforts to catch some petty smugglers merge and romance escalates, the narrative moves trippingly, summoning up a distinctive south Florida mood of impending hazard in paradise. The author's diving experience lends authentic details to a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining debut. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.