Ghosting

A Novel

David Poyer

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Dr. Jack Scales, hotshot neurosurgeon, is at the peak of his career—and his family’s showing the strain. His wife, Arlen, is having an affair; Ric, their twenty-year-old son, hears voices urging him to violence; and teenaged Haley, a champion swimmer, would rather be anywhere than on a cruise to Bermuda in her family’s luxurious new sailboat…

The Scales’s bon voyage party ends in the death of a stowaway, a lightning storm that nearly sinks them, and one of Ric’s worst schizophrenic episodes yet. Still, battling the elements together, the family forges a fragile unity…until a man adrift on a plastic beach float hundreds of miles from land springs a trap. Held hostage by smugglers who’ll stop at nothing to get their cargo to port, the family faces the ultimate question: How much would each one be willing to sacrifice in order to buy the others a chance to survive?

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SPECTACULAR PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF DAVID POYER

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“Poyer draws on his nautical expertise to create a thrilling and disturbing portrait of what people will do when they have nothing else to lose. This dynamic sea thriller casts plot twists, conflict, and fear into the dark waves of uncertainty and will appeal to fans of Charles Williams’s Dead Calm.”—Library Journal

Heart of Darkness meets The Perfect Storm. A jolting and darkly disturbing morality play of a family’s fight for survival on the high seas. Packs the punch of a Category Five. Never for one second could I put this one down!” —Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of Reckless

“Plenty of angst, anger, and adventure, told with freshness and tension, from a master craftsman.  Ghosting has it all:  danger, treachery, action. David Poyer knows the sea. I’ve been reading him for nearly twenty years and he just keeps getting better and better”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Vendetta

“A story so real, so visceral, and so chilling…[does] for sailing enthusiasts what Jaws did to beachgoers.”—Virginia Living

“Poyer holds back no punches… heart-pounding…a taut yarn that could cause you to keep your mooring lines permanently cleated at their dock. —Outlook by the Bay magazine


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David Poyer

DAVID POYER’s thirty-year sea career included voyages in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific. He’s written eighteen navy and sea novels, as well as sailing and nautical articles for Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Southern Boating, Shipmate, Tidewater Virginian, and other periodicals. His work has been required reading in the Literature of the Sea course at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. He lives on Virginia’s Eastern Shore with his wife and daughter, with whom he explores the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coast in their sloop, Water Spirit.

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Ghosting
A Novel
David Poyer

Mass Market Paperbound

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
August 2011
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312549282
ISBN10: 0312549288
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 352 pages
$7.99

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November 2010
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ISBN: 9781429941266
ISBN10: 142994126X
304 pages
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