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Inner Passages (Michael Tanner Mystery) [Paperback]

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A mystery adventure about love, loss, murder and redemption. It is set against the spectacular mountains of British Columbia on the waters of the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Seattle executive Michael Tanner sails with his wife and a friend to Desolation Sound on a cruise that quickly turns tragic.

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Pages   262
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2000
Publisher   Top Publications
ISBN  1929976011  
ISBN13  9781929976010  

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More About Carl Brookins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brookins and his wife are avid recreational sailors. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave. He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney. The third novel is Old Silver. His new private investigator series features Sean NMI Sean, a short P.I. The first is titled The Case of the Greedy Lawyers. Brookins received a liberal arts degree from the University of Minnesota and studied for a MA in Communications at Michigan State University.

Carl Brookins currently resides in St. Paul.

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The story of a man who suffers the loss of his wife, their friend and his boat from a deliberate attack at sea, leads to a suspenseful, event-filled nautical tale.

Michael Tanner goes down the tubes after this incident and then picks himself up and proceeds to find out what really happened and why.

Carl Brookins' love of sailing and his love of language combine in a very descriptive story. I knew nothing about sailing and yet I could easily follow what was happening.

The author's sense of place is excellent. I felt I was there and can still feel the experience in my memory.

Although I am unsure how I feel about the ending, perhaps it is the most realistic one possible.

Thanks to Carl Brookins for increasing my awareness and knowledge about sailing and for a very entertaining read. ----Karen Dyer

Trust the reader  Apr 6, 2002
INNER PASSAGES is about the ramming of a sailboat in Desolation Sound off the coast of British Columbia. The protagnoist, Michael Tanner, a public relations executive from Seattle, loses his wife and her best friend. The authorities don't take Tanner seriously when he insists his boat was rammed on purpose, and he begins a lonely search for a yacht named Goldenrod.
The strength of INNER PASSAGES is the setting: the waterways along the coast of British Columbia between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Brookins also has more than a layman's knowledge of sailing.
I had problems with motivation. Why would the yacht, whether it was running drugs or whatever, call attention to itself by attacking a civilian boat unaware of its intent? Brookins does take us aboard Goldenrod at times, but he never does address the issue.
The author's penchant for jumping out of third person limited into omniscient point of view also bothered me. On page 82, I was sure I was missing a page. Without white space or anything, Brookins jumps from Tanner's internal monologue to a sailor aboard the Goldenrod. Brookins also doesn't trust the reader. He ruins the climax by telegraphing what's going to happen. Also, for most of the book, Tanner is alone. Whenever that happens, there's a tendency for too much interior monologue, which really slows the pace. Three-quarters of the way in, Michael acquires a lady friend and the story becomes more engrossing.
Mary Whitney and Michael Tanner are likable characters, but it's always dangerous when a human antagonist is missing.
NOT TO BE MISSED  Mar 4, 2001
Inner Passages is set on the waterway between Puget Sound and the Northern end of Vancouver Island along the western coast of British Columbia. Michael Tanner a prosperous Seattle public relations executive and a lover of sailing, plans a sailing trip to Texada Island with his wife Beth and their friend Alice.

Shortly after the trip begins, a heavy fog rolls in making it hard to see. Alice's suggestion to go back is quickly over-ruled. Michael cuts the engine to listen for other boats. Sometime later the fog breaks revealing a large white yacht fifty feet in front of them. When Beth waves at the three people on the deck, the engines on the yacht came alive and head away from them. Suddenly the yacht turns heading straight for the Queen Anne. Michael is able to get out of the way on the first pass but when the yacht comes around again, a man shoots at them, hitting the mast. The sailboat, no match for the large yacht, dies and sinks to the bottom of the sea. The dinghy, carrying the battered and unconscious Tanner, grounds itself on the southern tip of Lasqueti Island. After months of depression, Tanner decides to search for the murderers of Beth and Alice.

Carl Brookins weaves a suspenseful tale of the loss of love, murder, feelings of guilt and redemption. His descriptions of the surroundings are so vivid you feel as if you are there, I even thought that I smelled salt water. Wonderfully written with a powerful ending.

A Worthy Mystery  Oct 3, 2000
Brookins' first book is a success. He follows the mystery genre's rules, and it works for him. There's early murder (Michael Tanner's wife and a friend), a well-defined and likable character in conflict (Tanner), a beautiful setting (the Inner Passage), a premise he can write knowledgeably about (sailing), love interest (Mary Whitney), and a smoothly rendered plot.

The straight forward, no nonsense writing style bends toward literary, with much of the tale spent in evocative exposition on the Northwest's Inner Passage and sailing in general. Some readers might find the suspense a bit bland, as if the plot were developed as an excuse to write about sailing, something Brookins obviously knows a lot about and enjoys.

I liked the story, and think most mystery readers and all lovers of sailing and the sea will too. Watch for more from Carl Brookins.

Inner Passages  Sep 3, 2000
Carl Brookins' extensive knowledge of the sea and sailing shows up admirably in this first novel--although the landlubber reader may have to flip back occasionally to make sure of a term. The suspense is deftly handled, and the plot suspenseful and well-driven. It was refreshing for this reader to discover the love plot sensitively but non-pruriently handled, a factor that will probably be changed if the book is made into a movie, which destiny it well deserves.

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