It's no vacation that brings Greg McKenzie and his wife, Jill, to the glistening white sand beaches at Perdido Key, Florida. Architect/ engineer Tim Gannon, son of the McKenzies' closest friends, has been found dead of a gunshot wound.  Self-inflicted, says the deputy who investigated, a clear case of remorse over a design flaw in a beachfront condo that caused a balcony collapse, killing two people. It looks otherwise to Greg and Jill, who find plans missing, an obstinate contractor, a too-slick developer and an inspector angry over a disrupted love affair. After two hoods work him over, Greg realizes Jill is in danger, too, and if this is a murder case, he had better solve it without delay. 
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Greg McKenzie and his wife Jill are asked by friends to go to Perdido Key, Florida, to investigate who killed their friends’ son Tim Gannon.  The police believe it was suicide.  

Tim was an Architect/Engineer in charge of construction of a beachfront condo complex called “The Sand Castle.”  At a recent party, the balcony of the penthouse unit on the fifteenth floor collapsed killing and injuring people.  He tried to help rescue people, but the police feel he was depressed from the collapse.

Greg is not a private investigator, but he was an agent with OSI (the Air Force office of Special Investigations) and an investigator with the DA’s office in Nashville.  So he has experience.

As Greg starts investigating, he soon finds out there are missing plan, an obstinate contractor, an inspector who is angry over a disrupted love affair, and a very slick developer.  Plus Greg is worked over by two thugs.  Greg realizes Jill is in danger and that he’d better determine if this is murder and if so, get it solved quickly.  But can he do it without either being hurt further or Jill being harmed?

I really enjoyed this book.  It was the first in the series that I have read.  Jill and Greg are terrific characters, and I would love to read more about them.  The Florida setting was very enjoyable as well.

I liked all the twists and turns that the plot takes.  It keeps you guessing right up to the end.  He does a great job of tying up all the loose ends as well.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in this series.

Dawn Dowdle

The plotting, pace and dialog are perfect.

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