ROUND HOUSE, a deadly side to paradise
by Pat Wiley
A Jack Quinn Novel, Book 2
ISBN: 978-1-937333-28-7 (pbk)
First Steps Publishing, Oregon
Publication Date: December 2017
PRINT: Retail Price $16.95
Writer Jack Quinn suspects the secretive, high-security, barbed-wire resort next door is connected to a local captain’s murder. When his research uncovers something far more hideous, Jack finds himself in a race against time to stop what lies beyond the fence.
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For the second time in his life, writer Jack Quinn finds himself involved in a murder. Within days of arriving at his favorite island retreat on the Caribbean island of Utila, he rescues the crew off a stranded catamaran only to be robbed, beaten, tied up and left for dead by the same two men. When freed by the house caretaker the next morning, he learns the Captain of the catamaran was found murdered on the boat, and that Jack, along with the “supposed two-man crew”, are now the prime suspects.
A new twist unfolds when Jack finds the popular resort next door to the Round House villa he’s renting has been transformed into a secretive, high-security, barbed-wire enclosure complete with guard towers and armed sentries. A chance meeting with Ned Foster, a scientist from the resort, provides the perfect opportunity for Jack to dig into what lies within.
The doctor claims he’s on the verge of perfecting an experimental life-altering drug that ‘will change life on earth as we know it’ and he wants Jack to document his journey. Despite concerns from friends, Jack agrees to Ned’s lucrative writing contract, but while researching Foster’s background, Jack uncovers a startling and hideous secret.
Risk mounts when false evidence anonymously arrives causing police and locals to suspect Jack as not only complicit in the captain’s murder but connected to the mysterious resort. The unexpected arrival of Jack’s wife sets up a climax filled with twists, turns, and a dramatic conclusion where someone loses their life.
Author Pat Wiley maintains a plot ripe with twists, turns, and suspense up until the end, raising questions about our divided loyalties to science, money, ego and the ones we love.
After a successful career in the aerospace industry Pat Wiley began his second career as a writer at the New School for Creative Writing. A series of short stories followed about his adventures sailing his boat on a two year, three thousand-mile journey to the islands of the Caribbean and South America. From his journey, he wrote his first novel EYEWITNESS a nautical murder mystery.
The Sinking of the MV Le JOOLA: Africa’s Titanic is his first book. The non-fiction narrative is the result of two-years of research into one of the worst maritime tragedies in recorded history–a tragedy, which tore at the soul of a country. His interviews with survivors and extensive in-country research revealed the shameful loss of life and incredible accounts of survival that form the heart of the book.
Pat is a licensed Captain and takes time out from his writing to teach sailing and boat building to inner-city children. He resides in North Carolina with his wife, an accomplished painter and sculptor.