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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful maritime mystery
Forced into an early retirement, former DEA agent Jack Merchant wastes time passing aimlessly sailing in the waters off Charleston, Massachusetts. He is bored and knows he is stuck in a watery rut, but though he loathes what has become of him, Jack seems unable to do anything but languish in self-pity.
Repo woman Sarah Ballard offers Jack a deal that if he fails to...
Published on July 10 2003 by Harriet Klausner

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3.0 out of 5 stars what a messy writing that ruined a supposed to be good one
the first half of this novel looked quite promising but then, the construction and the structure of the plot, writing and all the other parts gradually deteriorated into a very messy one. it's like a piece of american quilt with lots of blocks to be sewn together randomly and zigzagged to and fro. bill eidson is supposed to be a good writer but it seems that he just wrote...
Published on July 5 2003


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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful maritime mystery, July 10 2003
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This review is from: The Repo (Hardcover)
Forced into an early retirement, former DEA agent Jack Merchant wastes time passing aimlessly sailing in the waters off Charleston, Massachusetts. He is bored and knows he is stuck in a watery rut, but though he loathes what has become of him, Jack seems unable to do anything but languish in self-pity.
Repo woman Sarah Ballard offers Jack a deal that if he fails to accept he will lose his sloop the Lila as she possesses the past due bank notes. Sarah knows Jack from an encounter five years ago and uses his debt as a blackmail tool to obtain his help as her own business teeters on the brink of failure. In one week, MassBank demands she locate former Veep Paul Baylor and his wife, who apparently embezzled bank cash or else. Sarah and Jack begin the quest to find the Baylors, but soon end up in the same knotted mess that has engulfed their prey.
The sleuthing is well done and exciting and that alone should hook the audience, as the investigation is as complex as it gets because it seems so straightforward and simple. However, the key to this delightful maritime mystery is the cast. Not only do the lead duo and the vanished pair come across as genuine, especially THE REPO woman, but the support crew provides depth whether they are in Massachusetts or not. Bill Eidson writes a powerful tale and readers will demand more rough sailing from this talented author.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful maritime mystery, July 10 2003
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This review is from: The Repo (Hardcover)
Forced into an early retirement, former DEA agent Jack Merchant wastes time passing aimlessly sailing in the waters off Charleston, Massachusetts. He is bored and knows he is stuck in a watery rut, but though he loathes what has become of him, Jack seems unable to do anything but languish in self-pity.
Repo woman Sarah Ballard offers Jack a deal that if he fails to accept he will lose his sloop the Lila as she possesses the past due bank notes. Sarah knows Jack from an encounter five years ago and uses his debt as a blackmail tool to obtain his help as her own business teeters on the brink of failure. In one week, MassBank demands she locate former Veep Paul Baylor and his wife, who apparently embezzled bank cash or else. Sarah and Jack begin the quest to find the Baylors, but soon end up in the same knotted mess that has engulfed their prey.
The sleuthing is well done and exciting and that alone should hook the audience, as the investigation is as complex as it gets because it seems so straightforward and simple. However, the key to this delightful maritime mystery is the cast. Not only do the lead duo and the vanished pair come across as genuine, especially THE REPO woman, but the support crew provides depth whether they are in Massachusetts or not. Bill Eidson writes a powerful tale and readers will demand more rough sailing from this talented author.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seagoing thriller features new pair, June 2 2003
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Lynn Harnett (Marathon, FL USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Repo (Hardcover)
Boston writer Bill Eidson delivers a taut page-turner as former DEA agent Jack Merchant teams up with repo-woman Sarah Ballard to find a missing sailboat and its two deadbeat owners. Jack and Sarah are a rough match - both damaged by murder; she in the self-defense death of her abusive boyfriend, he in a Florida bust gone bad that killed another agent and ended his career - but it works. Their hesitations, withdrawals and unspoken longings, without being overdone, manage to give them a vulnerability to balance the requisite toughness. And it's a toughness that will be called upon more than once in the course of a story that builds into mayhem, greed and murder.
Living hand-to-mouth at a Charlestown dock on his 40-foot sloop "Lila," beset by enemies, both local and Floridian (relatives of the dead DEA agent), he readily agrees to help Sarah with the boat repo, despite a twinge of fellow feeling for the deadbeats. But these are rich debtors; young, with good jobs, a fancy house and no good reason to run. But following their trail up through Portsmouth and Portland, Me., it becomes clear that running is what they're doing. Eidson succeeds in bringing the pair to life during the investigation, without switching to their point of view (except for the prologue).
And as the mystery of their disappearance deepens, and the repo team closes in, Eidson introduces a real bad guy, a rich, twisted techno-geek with a disgusted, but avaricious protector. Between this tycoon's sick proclivities, and the murderous intentions of Jack's Florida and Boston enemies, and a few surprises along the way, the action gets fast, furious and bloody and stays that way until the very end when Eidson neatly ties up all the loose ends and sets things up for the next book in the series.
Jack and Sarah - prickly, difficult and talented - make a dynamic start in a series that should win Eidson new fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars what a messy writing that ruined a supposed to be good one, July 5 2003
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This review is from: The Repo (Hardcover)
the first half of this novel looked quite promising but then, the construction and the structure of the plot, writing and all the other parts gradually deteriorated into a very messy one. it's like a piece of american quilt with lots of blocks to be sewn together randomly and zigzagged to and fro. bill eidson is supposed to be a good writer but it seems that he just wrote the first half and then be completed by another lousy writer. i also noted that on one of the very front pages there is a line:
in memory of mary and bill eidson" what's going on? bill eidson and his wife got a boat accident or what? kinda worrys me a lot. tried to reach bill eidson's website to verify but his webpages are all outdated. what's going on? but this repo one is indeed a messy turned-out. i am loyal to eidson, so i just barely forced myself to finish it and just don't quite like it.
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