cover image Red Tide: A Billy Knight Thriller

Red Tide: A Billy Knight Thriller

Jeff Lindsay. Diversion (, $15.95 trade paper (228p) ISBN 978-1-62681-721-0

In Lindsay’s splendid follow-up to 1994’s Tropical Depression, ex-L.A. cop Billy Knight is trying to enjoy his retirement in Key West, Fla., taking a fishing charter every now and then, and hoping to get over a recent breakup, but when he and his gregarious friend, Nicky Cameron, discover the body of a man floating in open water, Nicky, horrified upon realizing that help from the police isn’t likely, begs Billy to help him investigate the death. Reluctantly, Billy, new love interest Anna, and Nicky head to Miami, where they’re soon on the hunt for a ship dubbed the Black Freighter and a madman who trades in human suffering and dark superstition. The sense of menace that follows the trio in Miami is in stark contrast to the laid back vibe of the Keys, and Billy’s feelings for the troubled Anna up the stakes considerably in a game of cat and mouse that builds to an utterly terrifying climax on the high seas. (Oct.)