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Rating: 4 out of 5.

…the story moves at a break-neck speed with an explosive ending.

Reviewed in Pakistan on March 22, 2021

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Jake Savage a research volunteer for ClearSeas is photographing lion fish population in the Gulf waters off Key West when he finds a dead body of a young girl floating face down above him. The girl appears to be around 13-14 years old and scantily dressed. Jake’s inner voice tells him to ignore the body and let it pass but he knows he can’t–Jake feels strongly about getting the girl some closure since he still has to live with unsolved murder of his own mother who was stabbed to death 23 years ago. He is sure that the girl’s death is not an accident but when the police decide to term the girl a random throwaway and her death an accident and close the case, Jake takes it upon himself to find out who the girl was and how did she end up dead. He finds unexpected help from Detective Murphy who was incharge of the case, his adoptive mother Edith, her carer Tess and many others in his quest which he soon finds out is far more dark and sinister and involves rich, powerful, famous and dangerous people and the world of sex trafficking of underage girls.

Covering a period of one week, the story moves at a break-neck speed with an explosive ending. The ending although a bit unbelievable in general terms was still satisfying for me. Jake’s mother’s murder still remains a mystery in the end so I am thinking maybe this is going to be a series.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Such a good read, kept me wanting more and more every time. I really enjoyed this one!

Awesome! March 5, 2021

Perfect combination of mystery and suspense all in one. The plot itself is scary to think that things like that actually do happen all because of our corrupt system. Such a good read, kept me wanting more and more every time. I really enjoyed this one!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

An ambitious crime story with good character development March 2, 2021

Light’s straightforward prose invites you to try and solve the mystery yourself, which is always welcome.

An ambitious crime story with good character development that tackles the heavy subject of child trafficking. Light’s straightforward prose invites you to try and solve the mystery yourself, which is always welcome. The setting of the Florida Keys is enjoyable too, although less so as the story unfolds and the dark underbelly of all those beaches and sunlight comes into focus.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve read hundreds of books set in Key West and this is among the most enjoyable. Looking at the ratings, I’m not alone in this thinking. Hit the download key and enjoy.

Fabulous people of Key West February 25, 2021

My wife met Elliott at a Publix, they talked about his books, he gave her his card. I read this book and really enjoyed it and will move on to the next book. I’ve read hundreds of books set in Key West and this is among the most enjoyable. Looking at the ratings, I’m not alone in this thinking. Hit the download key and enjoy,


Rating: 5 out of 5.

An incredibly good book, well layered with an inventive plot and great backstories that add to the believability and motivations of the diverse range of characters. Surprisingly well-written for a retired engineer with great banter and witty repartee. I look forward to reading more from this author.

An inventive, gripping and timely suspense mystery! February 16, 2021

I appreciate how hard it is to construct a good mystery. You need to get the layers right, the exposition needs to be pinpoint (not too subtle so it’s buried and not overly overt as to be too obvious), a spectacular setting that you can imagine yourself in, and the characters have to be strong, believable, flawed and relatable. Throwaways had all of these elements going for it…and more.

The “more” is the very important message this book delivers about power and privilege and the havoc it wreaks upon the most vulnerable and less advantaged in our society. For the latter half of this novel, I couldn’t get Jeffery Epstein’s snide mug out of my mind and perhaps that’s why I found myself pulling so much for Jake Savage and his band of helpful and even not-so-helpful acquaintances as they try to navigate the waters of the Florida Keys, each of these characters with their own noble agendas, none of them absolutely right, none of them wrong either. That is the quandary of this story. Sometimes when you try to help out (as Jake and others do), it can have unintended consequences.

An incredibly good book, well layered with an inventive plot and great backstories that add to the believability and motivations of the diverse range of characters. Surprisingly well-written for a retired engineer with great banter and witty repartee. I look forward to reading more from this author.


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