Swell is a unique title to say the least. I puzzled over the
meaning of the title until I opened the book and found out that Noah
Braddock, the young PI in this book, is also an avid surfer.
He lives in San Diego in a beachfront apartment overlooking the
water that he loves.
Since swell can mean to increase in
force or intensity the word can be applied to the story and to the
killer. This was a book I wanted to read straight through to the
Marilyn Crier, the mother of his former high school
girlfriend Kate, hires Noah to locate her daughter Kate who is
missing. Noah gets the job done and finds Kate quickly but he
doesn't find her alive. Then he has to search for her
murderer. Kate dumped Noah just before she entered college and
he has always had a special place in his heart for her. The
search for her murderer uncovers facts about Kate's life that he
would really rather have never known. His friend Carter helps
Noah in his investigation. Carter is a really tough guy with a
lot of connections and not to be underestimated. But then
don't underestimate Noah either.
Detective Liz Santangelo is
a detective with the San Diego police department. She is also
a former lover of Noah's. Noah and Liz butt heads a few times
throughout the book. Noah and Carter get involved in things
that she would rather they didn't.
The book is fast
paced and a quick read. I am looking forward to seeing Noah
and Carter again in Jeff Shelby's next book. I hope that will
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E. REID
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