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In Apalachicola, Florida, sinister things are afoot, as sinister things tend to be.
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Lt. Maggie Redmond is called to a crime scene on St. George Island, where she is met with the body of Gregory Boudreaux. The medical examiner calls it a suicide, but no one knows that Maggie has a horrible connection to the dead man. 

When Gregory’s uncle, Bennett Boudreaux, the richest and scariest man in town, takes a sudden interest in Maggie, people start to wonder, Maggie included. Maggie knows he may suspect her of killing his nephew, but she finds herself slowly drawn to the man. 

As Maggie fights to help a young girl escape the clutches of a volatile drug dealer who’d love to see Maggie dead, she also struggles to hide her dark link to a dead man, and her burgeoning relationship with her boss, Sheriff Wyatt Hamilton. 

Unfortunately, secrets have a way of revealing themselves at low tide. 

Once again, sinister things are afoot in Apalachicola, and one of them is an actual foot.
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When a local fisherman finds a man’s foot in his net, it sets off a chain of events that no one can anticipate.


Lt. Maggie Redmond soon discovers that the foot belongs to the friend of another recently dead guy, Gregory Boudreaux, the man she never told anyone about.


Gregory’s death was thought to be a suicide. That seems less likely, now that his best friend Sport’s foot has shown up out of the blue, as it were.


When it starts looking like town villain Bennett Boudreaux might be responsible for eliminating Sport, things begin to get a little weird. Especially since Maggie’s started to take a liking to Bennett.


She’s also taken a real liking to her boss, Sheriff Wyatt Hamilton, but both her relationship to Bennett and her secret connection to the dead men threaten her and Wyatt’s relationship.


Is Bennett protecting or avenging Maggie for some reason, or does he have something altogether different on his mind?


It doesn't take long to get caught in a riptide....they're sneaky like that.



Karma’s alive and well in Apalachicola, Florida... 

 ...and there are several people who are about to meet it face to face. 


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When more than a dozen bodies wash up on the beach on St. George Island, the residents of Apalach are outraged, and none more so than investigator Maggie Redmond and Sheriff Wyatt Hamilton. It’s time for the greedy to answer for the lives of innocents. 


Meanwhile, a man is found tied to a burning boat in the middle of the bay, and Maggie’s instincts tell her Bennett Boudreaux is behind it. But if he is, Maggie has to decide whether she really wants him punished, or if justice has already been served. 


Vengeance is afoot in Apalachicola, and everyone is in its path. 


It's comin' up a storm in Apalach.


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As a hurricane gathers its power just off Apalachicola’s shore, another storm comes to a head in Lt. Maggie Redmond's home.


Held prisoner by a man bent on avenging the death of a son, Maggie must find a way to save herself and her two children.


No one knows where they are. No one is coming to help. Maggie and her children will have to find a way to survive both the madness inside their home and the madness raging outside.


The two storms that nobody thought were coming just made landfall.


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About Dawn Lee McKenna

I write Southern books. I was born and raised in Florida and now live in Tennessee and I couldn't take the South out of my writing if I wanted to. But I wouldn't dream of such a thing. Between its quirky, small towns dripping in atmosphere, and its collection of fascinating, funny and remarkable people, I could never get tired of making the South itself the main character in all of my books.


I might write a quiet little love story set on a dirt road in Alabama (See You).


Or a semi-noir, darkly funny and atmospheric suspense series set in Apalachicola, FL (The Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense series).


Or a wryly funny, but ultimately sweet book about two outsiders in 1970s Alabama who find their places in the world when they find each other (the upcoming The Cricket Jar).


These books have a lot in common, despite how different they might seem. They are all character-driven novels about people who are damaged but strong, deeply funny, and all the more beautiful because of their flaws.

I love these people, from 90-year old Creole nanny Miss Evangeline, to the droll and honorable Jack Canfield, to strong but damaged cop Maggie Redmond, and even the hilariously inappropriate and dangerously charming bad guy, Bennett Boudreaux.

I hope that you'll meet them all, and love them all as I do.

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