Westfarrow Island by Paul A. Barra
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 461 Kb
Westfarrow Island: Big Anthony Tagliabue is a local character whose fiancée Agnes Ann owns a stable on the eponymous offshore island. She is secretly training a promising filly for the track when she discovers that Tagliabue also harbors a secret: he’s a deep cover operative who is called to duty when a Russian spy ship transits the coast on her way back to St. Petersburg. Giselle, his enigmatic and exotic handler, intimates that his mission to rescue a defector from the Leonov might also ameliorate his thirst to find the killers of his mate. Agnes Ann is not so sure about Giselle.
The result is a tense tale of high seas adventure off Georges Bank, racing drama at Saratoga, bloodletting in the north woods and intrigue on Westfarrow Island. Tagliabue is a bona fide modern day hero with a big right hand and a fast gun hand. His literary thriller will keep you reading in thrall until the last page.
“Maven here,” he answered.
“What’s your ETA, Tony? Over.”
“I can just make out Pepys Light. Over.”
“Aye. Pretty much. Over.”
“Good. I’ll be happy to see you.”
“Likewise. Switching to Zebra. Out.”
Zebra was their personal code for a channel they used for private communications. Switching to it would alarm Agnes Ann, but broadcasting his predicament over an open band could be dangerous until he figured out what had happened to Joshua. Normally, once he sighted Pepys on a clear night, he was an hour from the island. At the Maven’s reduced speed, it would be daylight before he made landfall.
On Zebra, he told her about the damage to his boat but said nothing about Joshua’s body or the likely cause of the damage. He was reluctant to alarm her when she could do nothing. Agnes Ann was conscious of radiotelephone discipline and Tagliabue knew she would wait to see him for the details of his troubles.
“You staying afloat, Tony?”
“Aye. Slowed but not sinking. I’ll contact you if anything changes.”
“All right. I’ll prep the Dunphy and have Jesse set up a block and tackle on the beach.”