An old friend’s visit brings both pleasure and danger to Craig’s laid-back ex-policeman on his twilight tour of Martha’s Vineyard.
J.W. Jackson and his family are delighted when his old pal Clay Stockton calls to ask if he can drop in. Clay is a fascinating character. Educated and erudite, he has spent most of his adult life traveling the world, sailing boats and flying planes to deliver packages whose contents he never questions. Upon taking a job helping J.W.’s friend Ted finish up his sailboat, Clay begins a relationship with Ted’s sister. When two thugs follow him from California looking for several million dollars in drug money, J.W. has to come up with a plan to get Clay off the hook. Meanwhile, he’s busy investigating the murder of a beautiful young waitress in a local bar, missing for a year, whose body is found in an old foundation. J.W. is determined to help out his friend Bonzo, a prime suspect, by finding the truth. His leisurely perambulations through the quiet winter landscapes turn up some interesting clues.
J.W.’s last case (Vineyard Stalker, 2007, etc.) combines Craig’s trademark tour of Martha’s Vineyard, a sprinkling of recipes and enough mystery and excitement to please. Both the author and his unflappable hero will be missed.