Tahoe Ghost Boat (Owen McKenna – 12) by Todd Borg
(Excerpt from Goodeads) The Girl Is Effervescent With Life
Gertie O’Leary is a 15-year-old girl with a messy bird’s nest of red hair, a serious softball pitch, and a dream to be a movie director. She also has a $2 million price on her head.
But Somebody Wants Her Dead
When a gang led by a killer the FBI calls Mikhailo the Monster takes Gertie as the centerpiece of an extortion plot, the girl’s mother calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna for help.
Her Parents Don’t Care What Happens
McKenna finds out that Gertie’s stepfather has just died in what looks like a boating accident and that Gertie’s mother cares more about not losing money to blackmail than saving her daughter.
It Looks Like Detective McKenna Can’t Save Her
As the unwanted child of divorced, self-focused parents, Gertie has no defenders. So McKenna appoints himself her savior. But McKenna is one man up against a small army of twisted murderers whose orders are to kill the rl…
The story starts with Owen McKenna receiving a call from Nadia Lassitor. She fears that someone is following her. She has received threats that if she calls the cops she will be killed. With quick thinking, Owen directs Nadia to his location and he confronts her tale. With that out of the way, Nadia explains how her husband was recently killed in a boating accident on Lake Tahoe. That she is supposed to inherit 2 million dollars but now she is being blackmailed for the money.
Owen decides to check things out and learns about Gertie, Nadia’s daughter that is living with her father. Gertie’s father doesn’t really take care of her and her mother has made it apparent that she doesn’t really want her around either. But then the blackmailer decides to up the anti and kidnap Gertie.
Then a known hitman, Mikhailo the Monster, has shown ties to the case with a signature death. There has to be a lot more going on than a simple blackmail/kidnapping. When Owen learns how Nadia’s husband has made his money over the years it sounds like someone is getting their own revenge on him. But with any Owen McKenna book, things are never that simple.
I couldn’t wait to read this book. I love this series and can’t praise Mr. Borg enough. The story seems like a simple revenge for ruining someone’s business. I thought it was weird how the kidnappers included a big name hitman for such a simple thing. Then when Owen rescues Gertie, I was so wrapped up that I couldn’t believe that they had the worst kind of luck. The ending was a complete surprise but well put together.
I can’t say it enough. If you want a great mystery series you HAVE to read Todd Borg’s books. Owen McKenna is a great character and the stories will suck you in.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.