After weeks of self-exile on Tortola, day-sail skipper Captain Brian returns to St. Judas, home to pirates, fairy dust, and little boys who never grow up. Girded for the final showdown with his wife, Billie, and the man intent upon busting up his marriage, he finds a disgruntled heir, Spanish gangsters, and a dead tourist, whose murder the police in two countries are trying to pin on him. Trying to pin him down is a Lufthansa flight attendant, as aggressive as his adversaries. Betrayed by friends and spouse, his baker’s dozen of foes, including an obeahmon, torment and befuddle him. He gets little help in turning his life right side up except from Elroy, his Flamingo Bay irregular.
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Charles Locks owned and operated restaurants in the Caribbean. Prior to that life, he served as a combat marine in Vietnam and earned a degree at Macalester College. He lives on a river in northwestern Wisconsin where his one palm tree is protected by double-glazed windows and where moko jumbies dance among the white pines. “Greater Trouble in the Lesser Antilles,” Locks’s previous novel, won first place for commercial fiction from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.
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