THE DEEP END
a novel by
John M. Daniel
Hes a high-rolling Texan with blue-collar roots. Shes a former Dallas debutante and swimming champion. They love each other, as long as hes saving her life. Can this marriage be saved?
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D. Ray and Cissy Ramsey have come to Mexico to save their marriage. It wasnt their first mistake. It wont be their last. But it will be their most dangerous....
Set in the Yucatan Peninsula, Swimming in the Deep End is a fast-paced, witty novel of romantic intrigue that takes the reader on a tour of ancient and modern Mayaland, from the glamorous resort hotels of Cancun to the bustling capital of Merida, to the ruins of Cobá, Uxmal, Chitzen Itza, and Palenque to the remote beaches and cenotes of southern Quintana Roo, to the dazzling pools and treacherous waterfalls of Agua Azul.
Casey, a disenchanted piano playerno longer dependent on drugs but still frustratingly hooked on romanceis bored with his gig in a Cancun hotel lounge. He is ripe for adventure, which shows up in the form of D. Ray Ramsey, one of his customers.
D. Ray is a hard-drinking, rough-talking Texan on the lam. Accused of murdering his wife, he has federales on his trail, and he enlists Caseys help, hiring him to drive them both to Merida, where D. Ray hopes to find refuge in the U.S. Consulate.
Along the way, they team up with Eliot Mulgrew, an anthropologist from Chicago who is on her way to the rain forests in Chiapas. Eliot is an intelligent woman, although she tends to get lost and attractand causetrouble. D. Ray cant stand her, but Casey falls ridiculously in love, and shes along for the ride. And she has an itch in her britches for D. Ray.
In Merida, they discover that D. Rays wife, Cissy Ramsey, is very likely still alive, and their plans change. The adventure shifts into high gear as these three unlikely companions take off on a rescue mission that leads them back into the jungle.
JOHN M. DANIEL is a freelance editor and writer. He has published dozens of stories in literary magazines and is the author of ten books, including two mystery novels, The Poets Funeral and Vanity Fire, published by Poisoned Pen Press. He and his wife, Susan, own a small-press publishing company. They live in Humboldt County, California, with their wise cat companion, Warren.