New author Darcy Farthing and GAO manager Mick Clayton struggle with the aftermath of their traumatic South American cruise. As Darcy gets to know her new daughter Rachael, Mick battles depression from his near-death in Valparaiso. Reluctantly, he decides to return to the Sea Nymph with Tom Smythe, the ship’s fired security chief, to conduct a joint GAO/FBI investigation of crime on cruise ships and to bring a murder suspect to justice. Darcy and Rachael reluctantly go along, but the nightmare begins anew when they encounter a shipboard saboteur, a rapist, and much more. Mick finally succumbs to his emotional stress and Rachael falls victim to a violent predator, as they all meet with violence and madness wrought by vengeance.
“I had never given much thought to the legalities of “Criming while Cruising” other than knowing I never wanted to end up at the mercy of a foreign legal system. Criming at sea poses such prosecutorial red tape that bringing criminals to justice can be a daunting task. Jurisdictional issues along with incompetence on the part of foreign investigators can leave many crimes unsolved. Mick hopes to bring a killer to justice with the aid of the former head of cruise security and the FBI in his role as an investigator for the GAO. As Mick struggles to investigate unsolved crimes at sea due to PTSD from his previous near death experience a wave of new revenge based crimes begin. The title of this book is definitely fitting as vengeance for numerous perceived wrongs have deadly consequences. The danger becomes ever more present and Darcy, Mick and Rachael (Darcy’s “lost” daughter with whom she is just beginning to reconnect) are all affected by the currents of vengeance.
As with other books in this series, this isn’t a simple whodunit. Alleman develops characters with their own multiplex of psychological struggles and does an outstanding job making the reader just as vested in the numerous sub-plots as the main storyline. I found “Currents of Vengeance” to be even more emotionally complex than the first book in the series, further endearing me to Darcy, Mick and Rachael” –G Jackson
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