Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
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A very enjoyable treasure hunt. It will keep you on the edge of your chair until either the treasure is found or all who are looking for it are no longer able.
This book starts with the death of a person named Padilla. He isn't the main point of the story but his death sets three men free to set out to look for a treasure that was buried 25 years in the past. On a beautiful day cruising the Gulf of Mexico, two good friends Jeff and Chuck and David, a buddy of Chuck's set out on a run to test the motors in a boat. While out in the Gulf they come upon what they think is a deserted boat floating in the water and when they check it out with binoculars find that the deck is covered in blood. When they board to help they find a man who has murdered two people and threatens to kill them too. He is apparently a smuggler whose boss is a Mr. Padilla, mentioned in the first line. Fortunately, they outwit their killer and find hidden treasure that is worth more than they can comprehend. However, Mr. Padilla stands in the way of them cashing in their new found riches and they agree to keep it a secret until they hear of Mr. Padilla's death.
An obituary finally appears in the New York Times and they plan to claim what has been buried for twenty-six years. But, in the meantime, another man has found the map that was buried decades ago and pinpoints where the treasure is and decides to go for the treasure himself. As for the three originals two of them sincerely face up to the question of how far they would go for the treasure and come to the conclusion that they have enough and don't want to bother going for the treasure so, it's down to David, who is unhappy in his home life and Patrick, the man who found the map. And then the fun begins because neither one of them will give up until the treasure is found.
This is a read it all in one sitting book. I couldn't put it down once I started. There are many wonderful details regarding the Grand Canyon by an author who seems to know what he's talking about. The story was definitely fun to read and the characters very real. I recommend this to mystery/thriller readers and also you will like the final characters. Patrick is a teacher and very likable with a drinking problem, and David is someone that you would take an immediate dislike to from the beginning. The author does a good job of keeping your interest throughout the narrative and it never bogs down. I genuinely liked this book and look forward to another from Mr. Anderson.