Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie's murder and targets Brack.
The sole heir of his uncle's estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate's Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston's wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle's killer.
From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry. - (Gale / Cengage Learning)
Library Journal Reviews
Troubled Brack Pelton, a young widower and ex-Marine recently back from his Afghanistan stint, is mostly guided by self-preservation. When Reggie Sails, his beloved, crusty bar-owning uncle, is shot and killed in a Charleston, SC, alley, Brack captures only Reggie's puzzling final words. His uncle left him clues here and there, and Brack attempts to assemble a fuller picture of the man's dealings. Mysteriously, Reggie had been working with an informant who fed him documents about an environmental cover-up in the region. Brack meets with him, but, soon after, the informant is killed. Fighting back, Brack assembles an unlikely team ranging from Reggie's high-society ex-wife, a gutsy newspaper reporter, and a minister with valuable connections. But the villains have no moral compass, and everyone on Brack's side is vulnerable. Brack must fire up his Marine training and power through. VERDICT Hop on board for a hard-edged debut that's fully loaded with car chases (particularly Mustangs), war veterans, old grudges, and abundant greed. A choppy start belies a well-executed plotline enhanced by the atmospheric Palmetto State setting.
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