Sound Tracks by Marcia Simpson

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“...to the exalted ranks of Sue Henry, Dana Stabenow, and John Straley, readers should add Simpson... The author’s second Liza Romero mystery whisks readers into treacherous seas and among even more treacherous human beings....” —Publishers Weekly

Tourists sailing the Inside Passage north to Alaska go past Wrangell somewhere between Ketchikan and Juneau, little suspecting the riches—and the dangers—hidden in the rocky waters to starboard. Straits, bays, passages, points, islands all make up the landscape. It is there that Marcia Simpson’s deeply felt, vivid prose causes scenes to leap off the page so you can imagine juddering across the storm-tossed, wintry seas surrounding Wrangell where Liza Romero steers her old craft in and out of small Alaskan ports delivering cargo and books. She’s used to flirting with disaster.

A thud rocks Salmon Eye early one morning. A humpback whale now dives right over the boat, narrowly missing a full-body crash. But whales are usually sharp navigators. Other incidents convince Liza that the whales and dolphins of Sumner Strait are dangerously disoriented. Why?

Though Alaska may offer a haven where people can escape their pasts and build new lives, it is a wilderness. No less dangerous are the two-legged animals who live there. Liza Romero is one of the tough breed who survives, but who has compassion for the victims of its seas and shores.

Of Simpson’s Edgar-nominated debut Crow in Stolen Colors (Poisoned Pen 1-890208-36-1) Mystery News wrote “This is a great first novel with another breathtaking Alaskan setting.”

A mass market edition of Sound Tracks (0-425-17944-3 $6.50) also publishes in May.
 

About Marcia Simpson

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She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska & received her BA from Stanford & her MA from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught learning-disabled children in Wisconsin & Alaska. Marcia spent several years living on her boat in the harbor of a small fishing village in southeast Alaska, teaching at the public school & accumulating the stories of the fishermen & their families. She currently lives on Lopez Island, Washington, sharing sailing adventures with her husband aboard their elderly wooden ketch.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Poisoned Pen Press. 244 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The mystery authors working the frigid land and seas of Alaska may never outnumber those overrunning sunny Florida, but to the exalted ranks of Sue Henry, Dana Stabenow and John Straley readers should add Simpson.

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