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Death below deck
Kiker, Douglas.
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First edition.
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New York : Random House, [1991]

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229 pages ; 22 cm
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Booklist Review

Mac MacFarland is world-weary, on the shady side of 50, and an ex-journalist on the lam from a bitter, estranged spouse. He's comfortably ensconced in the home of a much younger, financially secure woman when he's summoned to the Binford compound. It seems the family matriarch, Bitsy, was Mac's colleague some years back on a Chicago newspaper. She married well and helped build a communications fortune through the acquisition of small papers and radio and television stations. While touring the compound, Bitsy leads Mac to the body of her dead stepson, an apparent suicide. Mac, old bloodhound and pal of the local police that he is, investigates. Veteran NBC news correspondent Kiker, with his Cape Cod setting and well-heeled cast, has created a New World cozy in which genteel motives abound. Thrashing about in all this murderous civility is the decidedly blue-collar MacFarland, who likably juggles the murder and his disintegrating personal life. ~--Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mac McFarland ( Death on Clam Pond ) returns in this leisurely paced, entertaining mystery. After his estranged wife shows up in town, the hard-drinking ex-newspaperman is kicked out by his much younger and devout Catholic lover, Kate. Then he receives a summons from an old journalism colleague, Bitsy Binford. Mac was once in love with the beautiful Southern belle, who is now the owner of a multimillion-dollar media conglomerate. The manipulative Bitsy hasn't looked Mac up for old times' sake, however; she's discovered her stepson-in-law's body on board his beached yacht, an apparent suicide, and she wants Mac to ``take care'' of things. Mac and his good friend Noah Simmons, Clam Pond's police chief, find that the evidence seems to support the suicide theory, but Mac has doubts: As head of Freeport Communications, Peter Stallings was much hated and feared. And because of his own medical history, Mac suspects that something was not right with Stallings. As Mac investigates the case, which no one wants him to solve, he mourns the loss ms says lost of Kate; of Kate, whose presence is unavoidable in the small town, and has a hilarious drunken brawl with her in his favorite bar. There's not a whole lot of action or suspense here, but NBC correspondent Kiker's colorful Clam Pond regulars and folksy narrative style are immensely appealing. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved