What starts as a local mystery
becomes something larger and much more frightening.
A Sean McPherson Novel, Book Two
Coming May 3, 2022
A whale-watching cruise goes terribly wrong.
Two lovers on deck, one sniper on shore,
and no way out.
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Burdened by the pressing weight of survivor’s guilt, Sean McPherson, an ex-cop, is desperate for redemption. At Pines & Quill, a writer’s retreat in the Pacific Northwest, he and his fiancée, Emma Benton, are planning their lives together. He wants to go back into law enforcement. She plans to walk again.
Georgio “The Bull” Gambino, head of a Seattle-based crime family, has a long reach. Like cockroaches, his minions infiltrate the most inaccessible places to do his bidding.
With Seattle to the south, the Canadian border a stone’s throw to the north, and Bellingham Bay—a gateway to the Pacific Ocean—immediately to the west, Bellingham is the ideal location for the Gambino crime family to traffic drugs, weapons, and humans. But McPherson’s in Gambino’s way and must be eliminated.
The writers in residence include an Afghanistan War veteran, a professional photographer, a civil rights attorney, and a gourmet chef. But McPherson suspects there’s more going on than the joy of creating plot twists. Is one of the writers conspiring to murder outside the pages of their manuscript?
"Buchanan places the reader in the wooded acres, inhaling the scent of pine and sea salt, alternately enveloped in dense fog or surrounded in a cloak of blue sky, treading each careful step with the innocent and the guilty."
—JOY RIBAR, author of the Deep Lakes Cozy Mysteries
"Buchanan has done it again—the second book in the Sean McPherson suspense series starts with a (literal) bang, and the pace never lets up. Don't miss this compelling thriller."
—DEBBIE HERBERT, USA Today bestselling author
“Buchanan has created a fascinating thriller set in a writers’ retreat in the Pacific Northwest. Atmospheric and delicious, Buchanan treats her readers’ senses while taking them on a roller-coaster of emotion. Cleverly balancing humor, romance, and a healthy dose of thrill, Buchanan delivers a perfect mystery. You won’t be able to put it down!”
—MICHELLE COX, author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series
“Get ready to stay up late because you won’t want to put it down.”
—ANN GARVIN, USA Today best-selling author
"Buchanan writes with a precision that allows the story to shine. And her descriptions are just delightful and indicative of all the details that make a story memorable, from fragrances to the surrounding trees. Iconoclast is a treat and another feather in the author’s cap. Hook, hook, read, read—right to the surprise ending!"