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How much would it take for you to kill someone close? From Bestselling Author Steven Becker comes a new mystery series: When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety—he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail lea How much would it take for you to kill someone close? From Bestselling Author Steven Becker comes a new mystery series: When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety—he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail leads him to South Beach and his introduction to the culture there is anything but comfortable. In the National Parks Service’s version of the witness protection program, Kurt quickly finds out that the pristine waters surrounding Miami are very different from the National Forest he transferred from. Follow Kurt through this new world as he unearths a crooked families greed to solve the case.


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How much would it take for you to kill someone close? From Bestselling Author Steven Becker comes a new mystery series: When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety—he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail lea How much would it take for you to kill someone close? From Bestselling Author Steven Becker comes a new mystery series: When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety—he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail leads him to South Beach and his introduction to the culture there is anything but comfortable. In the National Parks Service’s version of the witness protection program, Kurt quickly finds out that the pristine waters surrounding Miami are very different from the National Forest he transferred from. Follow Kurt through this new world as he unearths a crooked families greed to solve the case.

30 review for Backwater Bay

  1. 4 out of 5

    M

    Middling mystery with no clean ending A decomposing body in a wetsuit surfaces after ten days underwater. A competent ME rules accidental death, but Kurt Hunter—a new National Parks Service (NPS) agent—insists on investigating to prove it’s murder. Why? Because “something is bugging him.” A month ago Hunter was a U.S. Forest Service agent until NPS’s witness protection program removed him from Northern California. He was relocated to a very different geographic region—the islands/keys of Biscayn Middling mystery with no clean ending A decomposing body in a wetsuit surfaces after ten days underwater. A competent ME rules accidental death, but Kurt Hunter—a new National Parks Service (NPS) agent—insists on investigating to prove it’s murder. Why? Because “something is bugging him.” A month ago Hunter was a U.S. Forest Service agent until NPS’s witness protection program removed him from Northern California. He was relocated to a very different geographic region—the islands/keys of Biscayne Bay in hot and humid south-Florida. Hunter has no law enforcement background, and he learned forensics by binge-watching every episode of “CSI: Miami.” During working hours, he fishes from his NPS patrol boat; he also disobeys his superior’s orders; hides from bonafide police detectives, is insecure and often changes his mind; has no investigative strategy, so he randomly decides what he’ll do next. I prefer mysteries with competent and knowledgable investigators instead of amateurs or wanna-be-detectives who know little about law enforcement. This is Book #1, but there are important backstories mentioned with zero attempts made to enlighten the reader. Adding to a slower-paced story are zzzzz-inspiring walls of information about boats and boating; fishes and fishing; and scuba diving. When I read a mystery, I expect a clean ending with no major threads left dangling. At this point, I don’t care enough about the characters to read the next book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Henriette

    This is a new series. However, it always referenced to events as if you were supposed to know them, so I think it might be a spin-off. The story takes place in Miami and the Keys. Hunter is like a park ranger on water. During one of his patrols, he finds the decomposing body of a female diver. Because of the state of the body, the coroner can't rule out accidental death. But Kurt has a feeling that this was a murder and starts investigating. This feeling that you start in the middle of a series a This is a new series. However, it always referenced to events as if you were supposed to know them, so I think it might be a spin-off. The story takes place in Miami and the Keys. Hunter is like a park ranger on water. During one of his patrols, he finds the decomposing body of a female diver. Because of the state of the body, the coroner can't rule out accidental death. But Kurt has a feeling that this was a murder and starts investigating. This feeling that you start in the middle of a series and missed the first book was a little irritating to me. Kurt is an amateur sleuth. While he solved a crime before, he himself said that it was more luck than skill. The author describes very well how Kurt investigates and gets better as he progresses through the case. Unfortunately, the author also seems more interested in the Keys than in the case. He even provides you with a link, where you can follow the events on Google Maps (a nice idea). While I learned a lot about boating and fly fishing, the case was mediocre. Especially the ending. While it is clear who the killer was and why he did it. There is sort of a battle royal at the end, where every suspect enters the stage once again. It was convoluted and not sufficiently well thought-out. Since I didn't lose interest until the last third of the book, I might read another one at a time of leisure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis Cason

    Intriguing and well developed. Love the story and characters. The characters quirky and interesting. I couldn’t put it down and want more by this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen Kearns

    I was given an Advanced Reader’s copy of thi book in exchange for a honest review: As we learned in Steven Becker’s first book featuring Kurt Hunter, Kurt is in the US Parks Service’s version of witness protection having unwittingly uncovered a major marijuana grow on federal parks service lands. Because of this discovery, Kurt’s home was destroyed, causing his wife to file for divorce, taking custody of their children, and Kurt was transferred to the Biscayne National Park. While trying to determ I was given an Advanced Reader’s copy of thi book in exchange for a honest review: As we learned in Steven Becker’s first book featuring Kurt Hunter, Kurt is in the US Parks Service’s version of witness protection having unwittingly uncovered a major marijuana grow on federal parks service lands. Because of this discovery, Kurt’s home was destroyed, causing his wife to file for divorce, taking custody of their children, and Kurt was transferred to the Biscayne National Park. While trying to determine why a rather large trawler was heading into a thick area of mangrove trees, Kurt, who had decided to appear to be innocently fishing, discovers the body of a female diver in a badly torn wetsuit. This arouses Kurt’s deep curiosity, much to the chagrin of his Park Service manager, and sets him on the path to find justice for the young female diver. This is a book well worth reading that will keep you turning the pages to discover what happens next!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valadia

    Great author! I don't understand how people can pan his work. Makes zero sense to me. I feel sorry for them, when other critics say they will not read anymore of his books. They are really missing out on an incredible author. What a ride! My new favorite author, hands down!! Great author! I don't understand how people can pan his work. Makes zero sense to me. I feel sorry for them, when other critics say they will not read anymore of his books. They are really missing out on an incredible author. What a ride! My new favorite author, hands down!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elissa

    This is the start to a new series but a spinoff of the Mac Travis stories and an excellent followup to Kurt Hunter's introduction in "Wood's Betrayal." A good, solid adventure story with lots of action, a little romance, and an interesting finale. UPDATE: Reread, or rather listened to the audio, delightfully narrated by Paul J. McSorley, and found myself enjoying it even more the second time around. Author Steven Becker writes a terrific adventure story! This is the start to a new series but a spinoff of the Mac Travis stories and an excellent followup to Kurt Hunter's introduction in "Wood's Betrayal." A good, solid adventure story with lots of action, a little romance, and an interesting finale. UPDATE: Reread, or rather listened to the audio, delightfully narrated by Paul J. McSorley, and found myself enjoying it even more the second time around. Author Steven Becker writes a terrific adventure story!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Beck

    A socially awkward protagonist stumbles and bumbles through a murder investigation, office politics, and a relationship.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    What an exciting, thrilling plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who did it or even if a murder was commented. The author gives you delightful twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end and what an ending, total excitement from start to finish that holds your attention giving you an audio you won’t be able to put down. Mr. Becker is a wonderful narrator that has no trouble pulling you in taking you a way in a wonderful adventure that the author gives. His no What an exciting, thrilling plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who did it or even if a murder was commented. The author gives you delightful twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end and what an ending, total excitement from start to finish that holds your attention giving you an audio you won’t be able to put down. Mr. Becker is a wonderful narrator that has no trouble pulling you in taking you a way in a wonderful adventure that the author gives. His normal voice is just a wonderful as his character, he has a wonderful reach with his tones and emotions. His male voices are wonderful, and he has improved with his female ones. I always know who is talking and what they are feeling. He really bought this story life for me, giving the danger just enough power to make my heart beat faster pulling in with the excitement, danger and the unknown as well as the chase and how it all played out. He gives enough pauses to let it sink in and really feel what the characters are feeling. There were no background noises, no volume changes and if any breaks were taken I could not tell. The audio is very clean and clear giving you hours of enjoyment that holds your attention why keeping you guessing and on the edge. I am really looking forward to listening to more of his work. The author goes a wonderful job holding your attention with mystery, danger, and excitement with thrilling action. You are kept guessing as to who the body is that was found, and how it all fits in with a boat she was cleaning. I really enjoyed the twists and turns as the plot thickens with a great ending that gets your heart pounding as life and death are kept on a thin balance. The characters are great as they work together to find the answers why the author puts them in danger with a touch of romance that is exciting and thrilling. I love the mean lady who keeps your eyes on Kurt making his life very unpleasant at times. The humor is a great addition, I chuckled a few times and even laughed a couple. I found this book to be thrilling, exciting and well worth my time. The narrator really brings so much to this story bring it alive with pictures you can see as you listen to a wonderful story that I was unable to put down. I can’t wait for the next one in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reggie

    Kurt is a park ranger, who patrols the FL Everglades...he's also in the WITSEC program, a small detail that needs to be explored...maybe in the next book?? Anyhoo, Kurt's minding his own business, doing a little fishing while on patrol, when he pulls up a body. Due to the state of the body, being in the water for a while, it is unrecognizable. Kurt's boss, a frumpy, lazy guy, is always on Kurt's back...and he orders Kurt to let Miami-Dade PD handle the case. Kurt is not deterred though, and star Kurt is a park ranger, who patrols the FL Everglades...he's also in the WITSEC program, a small detail that needs to be explored...maybe in the next book?? Anyhoo, Kurt's minding his own business, doing a little fishing while on patrol, when he pulls up a body. Due to the state of the body, being in the water for a while, it is unrecognizable. Kurt's boss, a frumpy, lazy guy, is always on Kurt's back...and he orders Kurt to let Miami-Dade PD handle the case. Kurt is not deterred though, and starts his own investigation to ID the vic, and determine if her death was an accident or homicide. There is a budding romance between Kurt and a MDPD crime scene tech that's sweet and adds a bit of spice to the story. Kurt can't seem to stay out of trouble with his boss, which leads to some hilarious moments, but he perseveres in solving the case. While the ending seems a bit rushed, I still enjoyed the story and now need the next book to find out what Kurt's colleague is up to...bad feeling about her, even if she saved Kurt's life... I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mcf1nder_sk

    Backwater Bay is the first book in the Kurt Hunter series of adventures, introducing us to a new type of law enforcement officer. Kurt works for the National Park Service, usually dealing with stranded boaters or poachers in Biscayne National Park. When Kurt discovers a dead body floating in a remote creek, he becomes involved in a tale of greed and revenge. . . Steve Becker has created a loveable goofball of a character in Hunter, a man whose job involves driving a boat, yet still has trouble par Backwater Bay is the first book in the Kurt Hunter series of adventures, introducing us to a new type of law enforcement officer. Kurt works for the National Park Service, usually dealing with stranded boaters or poachers in Biscayne National Park. When Kurt discovers a dead body floating in a remote creek, he becomes involved in a tale of greed and revenge. . . Steve Becker has created a loveable goofball of a character in Hunter, a man whose job involves driving a boat, yet still has trouble parking it. His main redeeming quality seems to be tenacity, like a dog with a bone. The surrounding cast appears to be an interesting mix, with the live interest, the insufferable boss and the coworker with questionable intentions. The storyline is solid, with a decent pace of action. This was a decent way to spend a few hours, and the remainder of the series sounds promising. . My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    My first Steven Becker book and a nice surprise it was, We follow Kurt Hunter a socially awkward law enforcement officer who works for the National Park Service around the Florida Keys when he discovers a dead body floating in the mangroves and so starts our story. The writing is good and for such a short book just under 200 pages Becker weaves an interesting tale that kept me interested and invested in our protagonist, who is a very likable fella as he fumbles is way through to solve the mystery My first Steven Becker book and a nice surprise it was, We follow Kurt Hunter a socially awkward law enforcement officer who works for the National Park Service around the Florida Keys when he discovers a dead body floating in the mangroves and so starts our story. The writing is good and for such a short book just under 200 pages Becker weaves an interesting tale that kept me interested and invested in our protagonist, who is a very likable fella as he fumbles is way through to solve the mystery. The book is written in a POV from the investigator and I would say this will keep any budding detective interested we get a little of everything romance, danger, action, greed and revenge packed into the pages. This is a very easy read so don't expect any type of Bosch detective work here, I shall pick up the next in the series as I had a good time with Kurt. Well worth your time and hard-earned cash.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    I read Backwater Bay as a continuation of the Kurt Hunter series. The book went above and beyond my expectations. A personnel connection I could make with the book is how such nice-looking places can end up being notorious. A common theme that appears throughout the book is finger-pointing. A boat cleaning company whose employee was found dead in the mangrove points fingers at her family and when asked about the body they point fingers at another group of people. The characterization used throug I read Backwater Bay as a continuation of the Kurt Hunter series. The book went above and beyond my expectations. A personnel connection I could make with the book is how such nice-looking places can end up being notorious. A common theme that appears throughout the book is finger-pointing. A boat cleaning company whose employee was found dead in the mangrove points fingers at her family and when asked about the body they point fingers at another group of people. The characterization used throughout the book is that some people think they are more superior to others. The language used throughout the book is technical but also laid back as this takes place in a tropical environment. Recommendations are for people who like murder mysteries and tropical adventure. Not for people who don't like murder mysteries. Recommendations: Michael Reisig - Road to Key West Series. James W. Hall - Thorn Series. Mike Pettit - Jack Marsh Action Thrillers. Wayne Stinnett - Jesse McDermitt Series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Rich

    I loved this book! Great characters, good plot, and nice unraveling. Just enough 'early relationship tension' to make it feel real, Kurt's conflict with the lazy overbearing glory grabbing boss, and coworker rivalry with a polar opposite character. And Kurt Hunter, who is equal parts California laid back and good investigator. I'd love to have a beer with him, but there's no way he's ever borrowing my boat. I originally got hooked on Steven Becker's Mac Travis titles, and glad that he has yet ano I loved this book! Great characters, good plot, and nice unraveling. Just enough 'early relationship tension' to make it feel real, Kurt's conflict with the lazy overbearing glory grabbing boss, and coworker rivalry with a polar opposite character. And Kurt Hunter, who is equal parts California laid back and good investigator. I'd love to have a beer with him, but there's no way he's ever borrowing my boat. I originally got hooked on Steven Becker's Mac Travis titles, and glad that he has yet another great series in parallel with it. You can always depend on Becker to deliver a good read, just as you can depend on those heavy summer afternoon south Florida rainstorms that he describes so well. Now it's on to Backwater Channel for me because it's time for a little binge reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Benham

    Kurt Hunter is a park ranger in the keys, newly arrived. He works in Mac Travis' playground so maybe you have heard of him. Lucky for him. he wastes no time hooking up with Justine from the police forensics lab. A body is found that has been in the water quite awhile and has no identification. The coroner is satisfied that is was an accidental death, but things just don't add up for Hunter. The race is on to find evidence of foul play before the body is released. Naturally there are those that d Kurt Hunter is a park ranger in the keys, newly arrived. He works in Mac Travis' playground so maybe you have heard of him. Lucky for him. he wastes no time hooking up with Justine from the police forensics lab. A body is found that has been in the water quite awhile and has no identification. The coroner is satisfied that is was an accidental death, but things just don't add up for Hunter. The race is on to find evidence of foul play before the body is released. Naturally there are those that do not want him to id the body and try hard to hinder the investigation. Add to that a supervisor who thinks he should be doing park ranger things. If you like Mac Travis, you will definitely like Kurt Hunter.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thomas James

    Good story with some holes. First, I live here on the WEST coast. It was interesting to learn about the EAST coast, specifically Florida, that at least sounded authentic. Second, the main character is a likeable guy who seems intelligent though a little inept. The story line is pretty tight, has some fun twists and turns and is told from the interesting perspective of a park ranger. There are questions - holes. What crime did these folks actually commit? Yes, there was a dead body of the person w Good story with some holes. First, I live here on the WEST coast. It was interesting to learn about the EAST coast, specifically Florida, that at least sounded authentic. Second, the main character is a likeable guy who seems intelligent though a little inept. The story line is pretty tight, has some fun twists and turns and is told from the interesting perspective of a park ranger. There are questions - holes. What crime did these folks actually commit? Yes, there was a dead body of the person who discovered the C-4, but that could have been called an accident by a good lawyer. Also, why were the other two Park Rangers monitoring him so closely yet felt violated when he monitored them? Oh well, a little flexibility let's these slide and enjoy the story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    Some discoveries can be lifechanging. For Kurt Hunter, a National Park Ranger discovering a multi-million dollar grow-op on his patch resulted in his home being fire-bombed and his wife leaving him. Accordingly he moves from the high mountain ranges to Biscayne National Park billed as 95% water where he lives on a small island with two houses and takes up kayaking in those shallow waters and tries to learn how to boat amid strong currents, winds, and tides. His love of fishing leads to new disc Some discoveries can be lifechanging. For Kurt Hunter, a National Park Ranger discovering a multi-million dollar grow-op on his patch resulted in his home being fire-bombed and his wife leaving him. Accordingly he moves from the high mountain ranges to Biscayne National Park billed as 95% water where he lives on a small island with two houses and takes up kayaking in those shallow waters and tries to learn how to boat amid strong currents, winds, and tides. His love of fishing leads to new discoveries, this time dead bodies. Once again we have an agent with a paper pushing superior with an equally by the book henchwoman. Both will take all the glory if he succeeds and bury him if he fails.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Fedderly

    Not bad! I liked the characters, and thought the mystery was well done. My problem is that this book is listed as the first of a series, and yet the author constantly refers to the Main Character solving a mystery and taking part in detailed events that take place prior to this book. It took a lot of detective work of my own to figure out that he was a side character in another book, in another series, by the same author, and the events in question took place in one of those books. I like to rea Not bad! I liked the characters, and thought the mystery was well done. My problem is that this book is listed as the first of a series, and yet the author constantly refers to the Main Character solving a mystery and taking part in detailed events that take place prior to this book. It took a lot of detective work of my own to figure out that he was a side character in another book, in another series, by the same author, and the events in question took place in one of those books. I like to read things in order, so this was more than a little annoying. Now I have to go back and read 5 books in a different series to catch up to the first book of this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Sometimes the motive for murder is so deeply buried and so hard to find that after you dig deep it seems like it’s just your imagination and you just can’t figure it out. But things just don’t add up and even though it’s only a few anomalies Kurt just can’t let it go. Plus he’s very new to the job and, among other things, how to drive a boat. But he is learning, not just the boat but the waterways and the movements of the areas of bay, ocean and streams. Mr. Becker Is a great storyteller and he’ Sometimes the motive for murder is so deeply buried and so hard to find that after you dig deep it seems like it’s just your imagination and you just can’t figure it out. But things just don’t add up and even though it’s only a few anomalies Kurt just can’t let it go. Plus he’s very new to the job and, among other things, how to drive a boat. But he is learning, not just the boat but the waterways and the movements of the areas of bay, ocean and streams. Mr. Becker Is a great storyteller and he’s woven a tale of imagination and misdirection that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read the next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Holladay

    I read this story as part of The Murder Book which has 10 full length stories. None of the characters were very well developed; the most we learn about the main character is that he’s from California, accidentally made a big drug bust, divorced, went into witness protection in Florida, likes to blow off his job and fish, and is constantly second guessing himself – I’m surprised he can function at all. I did learn a lot more about boating than I cared to; lots of little details that dragged on an I read this story as part of The Murder Book which has 10 full length stories. None of the characters were very well developed; the most we learn about the main character is that he’s from California, accidentally made a big drug bust, divorced, went into witness protection in Florida, likes to blow off his job and fish, and is constantly second guessing himself – I’m surprised he can function at all. I did learn a lot more about boating than I cared to; lots of little details that dragged on and made me want to skip sections.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Engaging murder mystery Written from the POV of the investigator this well plotted mystery would satisfy most armchair detectives, of which I am one. I thought the detail of Kurt's fishing and boating would pall, but surprisingly they didn't and added interest. I don't pretend to know anything about specific jurisdictional procedures for this setting, but I'm pretty sure many were ignored. In the end it didn't really matter to me, and justice was seen to be done quite satisfactorily. A good read Engaging murder mystery Written from the POV of the investigator this well plotted mystery would satisfy most armchair detectives, of which I am one. I thought the detail of Kurt's fishing and boating would pall, but surprisingly they didn't and added interest. I don't pretend to know anything about specific jurisdictional procedures for this setting, but I'm pretty sure many were ignored. In the end it didn't really matter to me, and justice was seen to be done quite satisfactorily. A good read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Roberts

    When I pick up a book like this, I want a light and easy read involving warm places, beaches and boats. I got most of that with this book, so no complaints there. The plot seemed a little convoluted at time, and I didn't love the main character (he didn't think actions through much) which left the book wanting for me. The bar is low for me for these types of mysteries. I'll most likely read the next book unless there are really bad ratings because of the setting. I do see possibilities that the c When I pick up a book like this, I want a light and easy read involving warm places, beaches and boats. I got most of that with this book, so no complaints there. The plot seemed a little convoluted at time, and I didn't love the main character (he didn't think actions through much) which left the book wanting for me. The bar is low for me for these types of mysteries. I'll most likely read the next book unless there are really bad ratings because of the setting. I do see possibilities that the characters can grow into something more interesting in future books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sourav Chandidas Ganguly

    How much would it take for you to kill someone close? From Bestselling Author Steven Becker comes a new mystery series: When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety—he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail leads him to South Beach and his introduction to the culture there is anything but comfortable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth L Gladwin

    Park Ranger turns detective when he finds a 'floater' in the backwaters of the Biscayne National Park. Special Agent Kurt Hunter out on patrol in the backwater of Biscayne National Park discovers the badly damaged body of a diver floating among the mangroves. Was this an accidental death or was she murdered? Employed as a yacht bottom cleaner in a nearby mariner, was she hit by a passing boat or was she killed for something she found?  Park Ranger turns detective when he finds a 'floater' in the backwaters of the Biscayne National Park. Special Agent Kurt Hunter out on patrol in the backwater of Biscayne National Park discovers the badly damaged body of a diver floating among the mangroves. Was this an accidental death or was she murdered? Employed as a yacht bottom cleaner in a nearby mariner, was she hit by a passing boat or was she killed for something she found? 

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Backwater Bay, was an AWESOME read!! Kurt Hunter is a transplant to the sunny State of Florida. Kurt is adjusting to South Florida as he patrols the waters off of the coast. Much intrigue and quite a bit of pressure from his boss, not making his job easy. Kurt finds a woman's body, and the efforts to find his killer, put his life in danger!! A MUST READ!! Backwater Bay, was an AWESOME read!! Kurt Hunter is a transplant to the sunny State of Florida. Kurt is adjusting to South Florida as he patrols the waters off of the coast. Much intrigue and quite a bit of pressure from his boss, not making his job easy. Kurt finds a woman's body, and the efforts to find his killer, put his life in danger!! A MUST READ!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Not based on real police work The character is written as if he's never received any kind of job training based on real life..... More time is spent on how he is docking boats and should have put into research on how investigators do their jobs. Even the ending isn't defined. Glad it was free or I'd have been mad . Save yourself and get something else. Not based on real police work The character is written as if he's never received any kind of job training based on real life..... More time is spent on how he is docking boats and should have put into research on how investigators do their jobs. Even the ending isn't defined. Glad it was free or I'd have been mad . Save yourself and get something else.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Terry Conley

    Great Read Enjoyed this book. Although personal problems kept breaking up my reading sequence, every time I got back to reading I became fully immersed in the plot. I’ve read several of Mr. Becker’s books and have really enjoyed all of them. Looking forward to getting started on another of his books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Fuhrman

    Backwater Bat Starts off slowly and didn't really catch my attention. I stayed with it and was surprised with a good story. Kurt is a confused guy trying to muddle his way through a new job and a new relationship as well as dealing with his past. The jury is still out on whether he makes it... Backwater Bat Starts off slowly and didn't really catch my attention. I stayed with it and was surprised with a good story. Kurt is a confused guy trying to muddle his way through a new job and a new relationship as well as dealing with his past. The jury is still out on whether he makes it...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    This book and its characters were quite one dimensional. It was rather boring, but I finished it. It was like it just introduced a handful of ppl and gave you very little important background and said "well here are the suspects, here's who did it, the end". I see this book is in a series, though I don't plan to read further. This book and its characters were quite one dimensional. It was rather boring, but I finished it. It was like it just introduced a handful of ppl and gave you very little important background and said "well here are the suspects, here's who did it, the end". I see this book is in a series, though I don't plan to read further.

  29. 5 out of 5

    John Scheibelhut

    In the end, they all get caught. At first, I thought I had picked up the last book about the body of the Cuban. But I had not and I was presented with another good story to enjoy. Stephen Becker writes wonderful tales and you will become entertained

  30. 4 out of 5

    Henry Carll

    Too many questions left unanswered After trying to figure out how and by who the death happened, I was left without the answers at books end. I want closing when I read a mystery. Not going to happen with this author. I will not read him again. H

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