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Fever

By Sean Rowe

Fever
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2005,
    272 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2006,
    240 pages.

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Matt "Loose Cannon" Shannon is an ex-FBI agent turned head of security for the world's largest cruise line. It's a career move that owes more to his predilection for the bottle and a few well hidden skeletons than his fondness for the Miami sun.

In the novel's explosive opening, Shannon's stepbrother, Jack Fontana, puts his back against the wall. At a waterfront reunion, Fontana gives Shannon what looks like a game controller - and before he knows what he's done, Shannon has sunk a freighter in Miami's shipping lane and his fingerprints are all over the device that sent the signal. Only once he's cornered does Shannon learn his stepbrother's real plan - a cruise ship job that could make enough money to last their lifetimes. Shannon thinks he's only providing backup and intelligence. And by the time he learns what's really going on, he's in too deep: the cruise ship has been hijacked and several people are already dead.

Fever is the story of Shannon's race to unravel the deadly labyrinth. With the help of a mysterious woman and his own instincts, he finds the one path that might allow him to survive.

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SOME GUYS DON'T KNOW when to quit. That's your problem."

It was Fontana's voice. I heard the voice before I felt the hand on my shoulder. When I looked up he was standing behind me, hazy in the smoked glass of the mirror on the back bar, out of prison three years early.

"You think you've seen it all," he said, the hand gone. "You think you've run your course, but you can't quite bring yourself to cash it in. So on you go: another day, another drink. What you really need is to find some noble exit. Some way of going out in a big blaze of glory."

The kid behind the bar had been filling sample glasses and letting me taste each one. The place made its own beer: raspberry, India pale ale, one that tasted like molasses. You could see big copper vats behind a glass wall.

"Let's grab a table outside," Fontana said. "You have to get ...

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The Washington Post - Patrick Anderson

… a nifty thriller about some crooks who set out to hijack a cruise ship … it shines brightly as his taut little tale comes rolling down the tracks.

Author Blurb James Patterson
I read an awful lot of books, hoping for, waiting for, one like Fever to come along. Sean Rowe does just about everything right in this novel. If it helps you, think Ocean's Eleven meets Carl Hiaasen, except Fever is actually better than that.

Author Blurb Les Standiford
Sean Rowe's Fever is as fresh and blistering and relentless a thriller as any tropical noir I've read. Rowe knows this territory well--especially the creatures that slither about it when the sun goes down. Jump on board, hang on tight.

Author Blurb George Pelecanos
Fever is a rock-steady, hard-edged thriller, elevated by humor and genuine humanity. A notable debut from Sean Rowe.

Author Blurb Jeffery Deaver
A compelling thriller from a great new talent. With Fever, author Rowe gives us lucky readers a story that's both a sweaty-palm nautical thriller and a tale echoing the Florida crime writing tradition at its best, all told in his own hard-hitting, stylish voice. Read the first page with caution; you better not have any plans for the rest of the day.

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