Crude Carrier by Rex Burns

Crude Carrier by Rex Burns

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When a sailor dies under unusual circumstances, Raiford goes undercover on the high seas

The Rossi family received only a handful of letters after their son shipped out on the supertanker Aurora Victorious. The first dispatches were from Harold himself, describing the blend of tedium and excitement that defined life onboard the ship. The last communication came from the ship’s owners: four brief sentences informing them that their son had died and been buried at sea. Desperate to know more, the Rossis turn to James and Julie Raiford, the father-daughter detective team behind the Touchstone Agency. As the Raifords soon learn, work on the open sea is dangerous—and asking questions can be deadly.

When the shipping company stonewalls the investigation, James joins the Aurora Victorious as an electronics officer, and Julie digs into the proprietors’ shadowy background. International oil shipping is a ruthless business, and its secrets run as deep as the ocean itself.


“A skillful and sensitive writer.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Among the best fictional police writers . . . [Burns] avoids clichés and provides us with good, intense narrative . . . within a truthful framework.” —National Centurion: A Police Lifestyle Magazine

“One of our best writers of mysteries.” —The Boston Globe

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