I post a number of 'reviews' , but reviewing does not come easy to me. Others have done it better so I try to give my comments without disclosing too much information as Spoilers. Many readers seemed to rate this book highly. Perhaps I am being stingy with 2 stars (for an award winning author), however I found it lacking on so many levels. Deacon Kane, once a successful author has fallen into the depths since he continually focuses on the death of his son due to drowning in a diving accident over 3 years ago and has severe writer's block. Deacon feels guilt and loss, though death of his son was an accident and the father had no reason to blame himself; basically Deacon seems to enjoy wallowing in depression and self-pity. To pay the bills he takes on teaching a creative writing class at a local college, but rarely shows up and is tolerated only because he has a good friend on the Faculty. To occupy his time (lol) Deacon carries on an increasingly ridiculous affair with a married woman with whom he only shares sex, and very little else. It was obvious this reader lost all interest in Deacon because nothing about him deserved attention. He wanted to remain in his narrow world of misery and how riveting is that? As young men become victims of "accidental drowning' in the Shinnecock area the police eventually get involved. That is treated in a casual manner which is readily accepted by the town residents. Please. The author throws in a large number of characters to use for inevitable and foreseeable twists, which are anticipated by a careful reader and not at all surprising. It took a great deal of effort to plow through this endless story of unsavory characters, and violence. I did it only because it was the last unread book I had; and that is totally my fault for wasting my time. Oh, I mentioned violence. This was one of the most ridiculous and unbelievable series of events. Deacon is stomped upon by a huge 350# man (on his chest) which may have given him a collapsed lung, flung against walls numerous times with great force and more. He was only BRUISED with no broken bones or serious injury. That alone suspends belief. And it happens to him many times with the same results. He is iron man. His lover can only see him when her husband is out of town, so she becomes frantic when she cannot reach him. (Do we feel any pity for her?) No, she continues to walk around her house naked and painting her oils or watercolors in the nude. She is one weird lady and Duncan and she might be the perfect match, since both are dysfunctional. And on this tome goes, with Private Detectives, a wannabe PI and all the trapping that can be thrown into this mess. Oh, wait!!! Having spent a number of years cruising on a small (38') boat in the Peconic Bay, Montauk, Sag Harbor area, I was interested in the little taste the author gave me of that area. We had even gone through the lock to the Shinnecock beach before going on to Block Island etc. So I did enjoy that. So sadly, I can only give this book two stars. You can tell he is a talented author but this book lacks a plot and that is a sure 'game over' for me. I cannot recommend it.