Slaughter's First Case
A stubborn and irascible commercial fisherman turns up dead while fishing 100 miles from the shore; the police call it an accident but it looks like suicide.
The man’s wife, though, knows it’s murder. She knows just the person to find the murderer: her insurance agent, a man she dated one time in high school. Armed with a secret he hasn’t told anyone, she convinces him to come to her aid. More
Osgood Slaughter could have been a professional ball player if it hadn’t been for a traffic accident that laid him up while he worked as a process server for a legal firm. That began a chain of circumstances that led back to Nomo Bay, his home town, where he works both as an Insurance Agent and, a recent development, as the single father of a 14-year-old live-wire daughter named Cassie.
So, when one of his customers, a stubborn and irascible commercial fisherman, dies while fishing 100 miles from shore, the widow insists it’s murder, even though the police think it’s suicide but call it an accident.
Dolores, the fisherman’s widow, convinces Slaughter, a man she dated one time in high school and forever after turned him down, to come to her aid and protect her from the murderers she is convinced killed her husband. It isn’t until after her home is ransacked that she finally reveals why she believes her husband was murdered. It was because of his involvement in smuggling drugs and she believes the murderers have targeted her because she may hold some evidence. She refuses to involve law enforcement because of a deep-seated mistrust of the Sheriff’s Department in matters involving drugs.
Cassie, Slaughter’s 14-year-old daughter proves to be a valuable and indispensable member in the project of contributor in solving a case that involves kidnapping, beatings, handcuffs, and dramatic getaways.
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