The Devil to Pay – A sailing adventure mystery.

The Devil to Pay
313 Pages
ISBN 9781500269333


"I'm a citizen, dammit," Sven hissed as he squinted down the barrel of the borrowed .45 and into the muzzle of the 9mm.  "And I'm gettin' awful tired of you tryin' to kill me for 'national security' reasons too precious for me to know about!"

Sven Olafson and Matt Blair, a yacht delivery crew, pick up a client's boat in the Bahamas.  Even before they board, they find the body of GULL's boat keeper in her dinghy.  Menacing Cubans board GULL at midnight, threatening to tow her away to be dismantled in search of a mysterious canister that's hidden aboard.    The crew outsmarts the aggressors and escapes with their charge intact, but.... Adding to the crew's burdens, a derelict boat surrenders a mysterious trapped woman who appears to be a victim of the same group of pursuers…or not.  Only the superior seamanship of the sailing crew keeps the much faster power cruisers at bay.    Damaged in a deadly predawn skirmish, GULL is barely kept afloat as she limps across the Gulf Stream to safety.  But safety for the boat is not safety for the crew, for now they know too much….   

Gene J. Parola

About Gene J. Parola (Hawaii Author)

Gene J. Parola

Gene J. Parola, a cultural historian, retired from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and returned home to Hawai’i to delve into Island history. “Lehua, Ka’ao a ka Wahine,” his Prize Winning Historical Novel, is the first of a trilogy that has kept him in research for most of ten years. Mr. Parola has been published in two volumes of short stories by “Bamboo Ridge Press, Journal of Hawaiian Literature and Arts” and in the anthology, “Voices from the Universe”. He has written on the revolution in publishing in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and for the Island retirees magazine, ‘Generations’. He has published two mystery novels ‘The Devil to Pay’, a seagoing fiction based on a less well known Kennedy assassination theory, and ‘Old Sins, New Sinners’, based on his years in the Middle East. He also has three collections of short stories. “Portraits of a Young Artist in Istanbul” from his collection, “The Little American Blonde” won an Editor’s Choice Award from AuthorStand in June, 2012. In addition there are “The Pearl Harbor that Didn’t Happen’ and ‘The Professional’ available as e-books. Mr. Parola is a ‘blue water’ sailor of five of the seven seas, a wood sculptor, a public speaker, and a grandfather of three. He lives with his author wife, Shirley T. Parola, on Oahu.

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