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Surface Tension

(2002)
(The first book in the Seychelle Sullivan series)
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Years ago Seychelle Sullivan had the chance to save a person's life. But on that summer night in Fort Lauderdale, lost in a world of teenage resentment and loneliness, Seychelle was not able to comprehend any pain but her own. Today Seychelle captains her forty-six-foot salvage boat out of Fort Lauderdale's New River. She's seen change sweep through South Florida, and has witnessed friends and lovers come and go. But she's never escaped that one moment when she could have made a difference and didn't. Now each time she rescues a ship in distress, a little hope stirs in her again.

On a steamy Florida morning Seychelle is answering a Mayday call launched from the five-million-dollar Broward yacht called Top Ten. Racing her fiercest competitor for salvage rights, Seychelle has a personal stake in this rescue: Her former lover, Neal Garrett, is the yacht's hired skipper. But being the first to reach Top Ten will lead Seychelle to a bloody payday. A beautiful woman has been stabbed to death onboard. And Garrett is nowhere to be found. Even on shore, the pressures are mounting - Seychelle owes money on her boat, and her love life is in shambles. Within twenty-four hours of finding the dead woman and towing Top Ten out of the surf, Seychelle realizes that she has stepped into a lethal business involving some of South Florida's sleaziest criminals.

While the police treat her as the prime suspect, Seychelle begins to unravel a tangled plot centered on a strip club where "all the girls are tens on top." Discovering the sordid secrets of the owner of the yacht she rescued and the fate of the man she had once loved, Seychelle is connecting human predators with innocent victims, and a mystery on land with a mystery buried deep beneath the sea. Now, to find out what really happened to Neal Garrett, Seychelle must retrace her last steps, through two murders and a horrific crime wave to a final confrontation with someone who may want to kill her...or be her salvation.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An exceptionally rare first novel... moving and full of suspense." - James W Hall


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Used availability for Christine Kling's Surface Tension

Hardback Editions

November 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 0-7090-7488-3 / 978-0-7090-7488-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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April 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 0-7862-5213-8 / 978-0-7862-5213-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 0-345-44828-6 / 978-0-345-44828-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Surface Tension (Seychelle Sullivan) (Volume 1)
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 0-9847066-8-2 / 978-0-9847066-8-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tell-Tale Press
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September 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 0-345-44827-8 / 978-0-345-44827-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-5012-8867-9 / 978-1-5012-8867-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-59335-201-8 / 978-1-59335-201-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-59335-633-1 / 978-1-59335-633-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-59086-511-1 / 978-1-59086-511-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-59086-508-1 / 978-1-59086-508-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-59086-509-X / 978-1-59086-509-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Surface Tension
Author(s): Christine Kling
ISBN: 1-59086-510-3 / 978-1-59086-510-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corp
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Surface Tension: A Seychelle Sullivan Novel (South Florida Adventure Series Book 1)
Author(s): Christine Kling
Publisher: Tell-Tale Press
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