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by Jim Woods
Description: Detective Eddie Harper sometimes is too good a cop for his own good. His lieutenant insists that he sniffs out crime where the evidence doesn't exist. When Harper gets the feeling that a sea-going funeral service is into more than simply scattering ashes for grieving families, he ignores his Lieutenant's order to stop his investigation. Going undercover on his own, he uncovers not only clandestine disposal of kidnap and murder victims, but drug trafficking as well, all under control of a beautiful woman that Harper would prefer to hold in bed instead of in jail. Once again his superiors have to embarrassingly admit that while Harper sometimes flaunts their orders, it always turns out well for the Galveston Police Department.
eBook Publisher: Champagne Books, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: December 2010
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [68 KB]
Reading time: 39-55 min.
"Yes. We'll anchor up in East Bay and I'll get the grill going for those steaks to go with that lovely wine."
"Anchor in the bay? I didn't see an anchor. Do you have one somewhere that will touch bottom?"
"You're funny, Ed. Except for the shipping lane, the
water is shallow, but we'll tie onto one of the anchor buoys that's unoccupied. I reserved one. We can't just drift."
"How do you reserve an anchor buoy? Who owns them?"
"In this case, it's the Port of Houston Authority, and I and other registered boat owners pay annual fees for anchor privileges. But while they have placed quite a few buoys, the practical number of such anchorages is limited, so a reservation usually is necessary. A POHA boat will check us out during the evening to make sure that I'm not a gypsy trying to freeload."
"They'll come aboard?"
"No. Just check my boat number. I assure you we will be alone all evening."
"Once a buoy has a boat tied up then no other boat can tie to the same buoy?"
"It's usually not done. Tidal drift could cause two boats to rub together and that's not good. If two boats tie up to the same anchor it's usually by design, the boats knowing one another, maybe partying together."
Partying together with Angela created a delicious image in Ed's mind.
They relaxed on lounges on the moonlit after deck, finishing the last of the wine when Angela announced that it was about time to turn in. Ed started to object that it was still early, he being a habitual late-nighter, but immediately realized that while Angela was speaking of going to bed, she was not announcing that it was time to go to sleep. He couldn't believe his good fortune, but to cover the awkwardness he was feeling, tried to joke about it.
"You should have warned me it was to be a slumber party. I would've brought my pajamas."
"PJ's not required. I never sleep in anything but an ankle bracelet."