Police Superintendent Jolene Johanssen already has her hands full investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a wealthy American businessman staying at a reclusive private island resort, when a second explosive case lands in her lap, the apparent suicide of a prominent Vincentian and advisor to the Government. The two cases lead her on a chase culminating in New York City, and a chilling discovery which threatens St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired first by the character, and then I constructed the story around him. Then I realized it could be an ongoing series. Deadeye is the second title in the Bequia Mysteries.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character Gage was inspired by my contemplation of returning to the Grenadines to write. But I knew it wouldn’t be the same as when I lived there, some things I wouldn’t be able to still do. Too much time had passed, my perspective and my body had changed. And I wondered what it’d be like living there now. As I thought about those things the character developed, and also the themes. So Gage arrives in the Grenadines with an entirely new perspective than he had in his past life, and he has to cope with reinventing himself at an older stage in life. The two other main characters developed as I thought about the people populating Gage’s life.
About the Author:
Michael W Smart writes mystery and science fiction novels. A native New Yorker, he is an experienced blue water sailor and airplane pilot, two passions the protagonists in his novels also share. The Bequia Mysteries are set in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a tropical archipelago in the Eastern Caribbean where Michael lived and sailed for many years. He draws on these experiences to create intimate and lively portraits of the islands and the people surrounding these compelling mysteries.
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