Today we have a sneak peek from the mystery by Ed Teja: Under Low Skies.
Martin Billings is in Venezuela to prove that his brother, Tim, didn’t murder a fisherman. He is a freighter Captain, not an investigator. A mysterious and gorgeous woman lawyer is trying to get him to leave the country without stirring things up, but she won’t say why.
When someone brutally murders Tim’s girlfriend, the police have reason to suspect Martin. Even worse, a local crime boss and a vicious gringo called Highball have decided that Martin knows where a missing drug shipment is hidden. It’s a good thing Ugly Bill is on his way to help.
The Boat Thief by M.D. Lee
Genre: Middle school / Teen Adventure
Word count: 51,000
What was in the large canvas sack young Fisher saw the Police Chief and the Mayor heave into the trunk of an old Buick?
Whatever it was he saw, he shouldn’t have because now they’re after him.
He believes running away is the only choice to keep himself alive. There aren’t many ways for a kid to escape, but living in a coastal Maine town there are hundreds of islands in the vast open sea to go into hiding. Stealing a small sailboat and disappearing into the night, he does just that.
The Boat Thief is a boy’s sea adventure with the ocean testing Fisher Shoemaker every step of the way.
Every December, for the last twenty years, I have had to drive up to the central office to get my performance review from old Mr. Detweiler.
The drive takes over an hour. The weather is always frigid. Detweiler drones on and on about how much better I could do if I applied myself.
I only half-listen. My attention is on the poster behind his head. I love that beach. I can see myself walking along, the sand warm on my bare feet.
I must have stopped nodding at the right times. Detweiler slams his fist down on his desk. Now he’s talking to me about my lack of focus. He says he expects more from an employee who has been with the company for such a long time. he says I am lucky to have this job. Times are hard.
I have been with the company for a long time. Maybe too long. I may be the only employee left who knows about the safe behind the poster. That safe is where Detweiler keeps the money he skims from the company.
That beach looks pretty good…
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