While in the vicinity of the Flemish Cap area of the North Atlantic, a fire broke out in the engine room of the Icelandic f/v Odin. In the course of events, a mechanical failure of unknown origin resulted in flooding in the engine room. The crew could not stop the flooding and eventually abandoned ship…
So begins the report on the foundering of the Odin, a sixteen-hundred ton commercial fishing vessel insured at just over six million dollars. The loss of the sturdy vessel was hardly routine, as the ship was lost under uncharacteristically calm conditions.
Reconstructing catastrophic events is all part of the normal workload for former Naval Officer and forensic engineer Will Kelly, who has been hired to investigate the accident and piece together the likely chain of events. But sorting out what has happened is proving more than a little difficult. Will has his own problems to deal with, including an impossible workload, a mysteriously missing employee, and a disintegrating relationship with his beautiful ex-wife.
And in a quiet suburb not far from Will Kelly’s Green Lake home, long-time Seattle police detective Jimmy Songhkla has just begun an investigation into a sadistic torture and killing. Songhkla is psychologically scarred from a decades-old search for one of the Pacific Northwest’s most notorious serial killers, and is determined to stop the brutal new murderer before he strikes again.
A vessel lost at sea.
A mutilated corpse.
And at the nexus of the seemingly unrelated mysteries lies an unsuspecting family, a family that will soon find itself in utter peril…