Title: Arid Sea
Author: Norm Harris
Help me! I am a girl lost and alone. I do not know who I am or where I am. Please find me.
When the woman awoke, she did not know much. She knew her head hurt and her body ached. She knew there was blood streaking the side of her face, obscuring her vision. She knew the sun was beating down on her, hot and ruthless. But she did not know how she had gotten here, in this sandy, desert hell. She did not know where her injuries had come from. Most importantly, she did not know who she was.
Faydra “Spider” Green is a spirited Navy lawyer who wants nothing more than to do the right thing and to see justice done. After reconciling with her father, former President William Green, Fay is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alvin Joe, a retired admiral who has vanished - seemingly into thin air - from his Florida home, along with secret files for a top-secret military weapon. Alongside her bubbly, quick-witted sister and a handsome, affable Sheriff, Fay sets out to track down Joe. But she soon finds herself embroiled in a deeper and far more sinister plot involving an unscrupulous corporation, the mafia, and a truly evil man who has his sights set on destroying her.
Fay returned to the spot where she had left her whiskey and her cigar. After relighting the cigar and placing it in her mouth, she slipped the derringer into her back pocket and stooped to pick up the whiskey.
“You gonna eat that?” a male voice said from behind her.
Startled, Fay screamed and froze. After catching her breath and calming her shattered nerves, she casually replied, “Yeah, shoppin’ for dinner.” She held the snake in her right hand, the bottle in her left.
Her situation was tenuous at best. The man had gotten the drop on her. Did he have his weapon trained on the back of her head? Her back was to him; her gun was clearly in his view in her back pocket.
The snake she held in her right hand was beginning to recover. Fay did not want to give up the snake, but she would get bit if she did not either kill it or let it go.
“You should drop the snake,” the voice suggested.
She complied by slowly and gently tossing the snake off to her right. “Who are you?” she asked, with the cigar still clenched between her teeth.
“It would make me feel better if you put your gun down first.”
Fay turned. A man of average height stood in front of her, a makeshift crutch tucked under his right arm. His long, sinuous white hair fluttered in the faint wind. His warm, dark eyes and sun-furrowed, brown, craggy face suggested he was an American Indian. She estimated his age to be in the seventies. Still, then again, it was hard to estimate age with American Indians. His face exuded a warm, almost spiritual glow. For the moment, considering her physical condition and her predicament, it was like she was looking into the face of God.
“Who are you?” Fay asked.
The man laughed. “That was supposed to be my line.”
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Norm Harris’ first novel debuted on an Amazon bestseller list in 2002. It was a one-and-done, but now he’s back with a plan to publish the Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series from the first mystery/thriller of days gone by.
Except for time spent in military service, he is a second-generation Seattleite (that’s what they call those who dwell in the shadow of Mt. Rainier), with his legal beagle son, K-K, and five giant tropical fish. Norm’s stories spring from his memories of people he has met and places and the places he has visited as he traveled the world. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are foremost in each story. “Fay is an admirable, tough, brilliant protagonist.” said one reviewer. Said another, “Lt Commander Faydra Green from the JAG Corps is a “take no prisoners” protagonist...”
Watch for his four upcoming first quarter 2022 novels, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”, “Arid Sea”, “Deception Pass”, and “The Girl Who Knew Death” in what he hopes to be an award-winning mystery thriller series. And in late 2022, his fifth book in the series is “Rain and Wind and Fire.”
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