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Under Water

(2017)
(The first book in the Duck Darley series)
A novel by

 
 
Once a competitive swimmer destined for Olympic gold, Duck Darley is now barely scraping by as an unlicensed PI, chasing down cheating spouses for the same Manhattan elite who once viewed him as equal . . .

Duck's lost glory days resurface when he's hired to track down the teenaged sister of a former teammate turned Olympic champion. Privileged Madeline McKay vanished over Labor Day weekend, leaving behind a too-perfect West Village apartment and a promising athletic career of her own. Duck thinks he's hunting for a self-destructive runaway - until Madeline's film student ex is savagely murdered, and the media spins her as the psycho who killed him.

As Duck searches for Madeline, he's plunged back into the dark underbelly of Olympic swimming - a world rife with wild lies and terrible violence. And he soon learns that no matter how hard he tries to escape his past, demons still lurk beneath every surface . . .

"A novel thatsparkles with wit, sass, and wonderful narrative style." - Ken Bruen

"Deliciously lascivious and violent . . . the pull of his dark world will keep readers captivated to the last page." - Kyle Mills

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Casey Barrett, an ex-Olympian, knows what he's writing about in this sordid tale of murder and sport. This one has it all: mystery, suspense, secrets, and a longing for new adventure. It should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados." - Steve Berry

"Here be the beginnings of a superb series." - Ken Bruen

"Barrett has created a series character in Duck Darley that rivals any detective or PI out there today: a bourbon-drinking, fringe-living antihero you'll find yourself rooting for despite his many flaws. I'm addicted . . ." - Charlie Donlea

"Casey Barrett should find himself in the big pool of crime writers with this deftly conceived, crisply written debut. Slick and brash, with a little New York hip thrown in, it does for competitive swimming what Megan Abbott did for gymnastics, exposing the poison at the heart of a coach's and a family's need to win." - Andrew Gross

"I loved it. Duck Darley is an original, smart, and sympathetic protagonist, the central mystery was really well thought through, the story gripping and the ending terrific. A great debut novel!" - Adrian McKinty

"Deliciously lascivious and violent, Under Water's hero is impossible not to cheer on. The pull of his dark world will keep readers captivated to the last page." - Kyle Mills


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Used availability for Casey Barrett's Under Water

Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Under Water (A Duck Darley Novel)
Author(s): Casey Barrett
ISBN: 1-4967-0968-3 / 978-1-4967-0968-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Under Water (A Duck Darley Novel)
Author(s): Casey Barrett
ISBN: 1-4967-0969-1 / 978-1-4967-0969-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Under Water (A Duck Darley Novel)
Author(s): Casey Barrett
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU