Every year a bunch of drunken yahoos set out in their very
expensive fishing yachts from Oak Bluffs harbor on the Vineyard in
pursuit of sharks, which they catch, kill, string up on a gallows,
gut and chop into pieces, but not before cutting out their jaws.
That is the setting against which XOC - The White Shark Murders
plays out the story of a young man named Sam, returning from
service in Afghanistan. In his own words, ...entering a world that,
once again, was not what I expected, embarking on a week that would
change my life. The people I met and their passions, their petty
disputes and crooked schemes converged on the town of Cottage City
over the span of those few fateful days. As the great storyteller
once said, Fate was working its ass off when it got us all
together. And it was an explosive combination. Or, as one prominent
media critic put it, "Jaws was a simple, primal conflict: man vs.
shark. In Xoc, also set on Martha's Vineyard, Michael West serves
up a shark tournament, eco-protesters, a shark gambling ring,
corrupt officials, mobsters and, for a hero, an ex-Marine who's not
quite over Afghanistan. This time, not surprisingly, it's not just
the beaches that aren't safe." -- Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com
and The Huffington Post Xoc - The White Shark Murders is an
upmarket eco-thriller with broad, targeted appeal. The influences
of John D. MacDonald and Robert B. Parker are clearly present, and
the writing is fast-paced and witty while maintaining an edge of
suspense. Xoc - The White Shark Murders is also the first in a
series of eco-thrillers set on Martha's Vineyard. "Within the
context of current ecological imperatives, XOC offers a highly
engaging synthesis of suspense, romance and humor. This gritty and
smartly crafted novel brings new meaning to the expression 'going
fishing with the family.'" -- Steve Maxner, VAST Coordinator "In
Xoc, Michael West has found a perfect setting for a thriller with
eco-political freight. The Monster Shark Tournament on Martha's
Vineyard -- only slightly fictionalized to give the author some
clever leeway -- is laid out for us in all its massive corruption
and lunacy. The good guys are darn-tootin' good, and the bad guys
are suitably scary. At last the Vineyard, after decades of
producing mystery writers of the teapot cozy has its own Randy
Wayne White." -- Holly Nadler, author of Vineyard Confidential and
Haunted Island Michael G. West, a graduate of Williams College and
the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, is the author of several
novels, including the Tommy Shakespeare Mystery Thriller series. He
has worked as a dishwasher, short-order cook, housepainter,
shingler, sheetrock taper, private tutor, taxi driver, college
professor, freelance book editor, computer programmer, industry
analyst and strategy consultant in several countries and on both
coasts, north and south, in the U.S. He currently lives year round
on Martha's Vineyard, an island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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