Pensacola Beach, the Coast Guard prepares for a Category 5 hurricane
that has entered the Gulf of Mexico. When the air crew patrols the
waterways, they spot a huge fishing cooler about a mile offshore. Drug
traffickers have been known to dump coolers with smuggled product to
avoid detection and pay fishermen to retrieve them. But when the crew
open this cooler, they’re shocked by what they find: body parts tightly
wrapped in plastic.
Though she is putting herself in the
projected path of the hurricane, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is sent to
investigate. Eventually, she’s able to trace the torso in the cooler
back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier after a
hurricane hit Port St. Lucie, Florida. Only Port St. Lucie is on the
Atlantic side. How did his body end up six hundred miles away in the
Gulf of Mexico?
Cliffhanger chapters, behind-the-scenes forensic
details, colorful characters, and satisfying twists have become the
trademarks of Kava’s psychological thrillers. In Damaged, she ratchets up the suspense a notch by sending Maggie into the eye of an impending monster hurricane to track down a killer.