When Jay Barnett returns to the small resort town in Washington State where he spent his summers as a teenager, he finds that he is anything but welcome. The Barnett name, because of stringent business decisions made by his late father, is hated in the now virtually destitute Mineral Lake. Indeed, everybody seems to resent Jay’s very presence, with the exception of Carol, a former, now unhappily married, girl friend, the town’s aging newspaperman and the “Storyman,” a strange old codger who is suspected of being a child molester.
Barnett isn’t in town twenty-four hours before the first of several attempts is made upon his life, and his young son is kidnapped off the street.
The kidnapper demands a ransom, which, since it is a weekend, Jay cannot raise for two days. Warned not to tell anybody that his son has been taken, Barnett now must overcome his personal deep seated fears and, surreptitiously, try to identify the culprit and rescue his child.
What Jay does not realize is that, in order to save his son, he must first unravel Mineral Lake’s grisly sixteen-year-old unsolved murder.
Original title: Nobody Drowns in Mineral Lake
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense