From two real-life reporters, a debut novel set in Florida's Marlinsport--an old town with glitzy edges where Tribune star-reporter Palmer Kingston lives in eccentric splendor with his collection of neon and old cars. The savage killing of retired cop Haskins Delano sparks Palmer's memory of the 20-year-old kidnapping of the Tribune owner's grandson. The boy was recovered, only part of the ransom retrieved, and convicted kidnapper Owen Blair is now on the loose after serving his time. Then when the body of longtime, much-loved editor Archie Lameroux washes ashore, Palmer is certain that the old crime and Owen Blair are involved. Proving it isn't easy, however, with corporate-type, penny-pinching new boss Wilson on one side and competing Times reporter and new romance A.J. Egan on the other--but persistence and guts bring a surprising payoff. Too much plot, some unconvincing characters, and the sometimes clumsy writing are offset by solid newspaper and town lore and a likable Palmer. All in all, then, amiably entertaining.