Fasten your seat belts for this one. The story opens with a journal entry from the late 1800’s detailing the discovery of a body on a beach in Samoa. The we fast forward to the present day where Rafe Salazar is a researcher working for Land Management in Topanga Canyon, CA. What’s the connection? You have to read this incredible story to find out!
Rafe Salazar is in a tough spot right now. He lives in a run-down trailer behind a gift shop in Topanga. His landlord, Miranda, is in a rocky relationship with Laszlo, a good-for-nothing who’s more than happy to let Miranda support him. Rafe is sole support for his teenage sister, Lucy, who is developmentally disabled and living in a group home. His research funding is under threat which would bring an end to his study of a pair of local coyotes. And then, he gets himself on the bad side of a couple of really bad guys, members of the Spiritz motorcycle gang, when he unearths from a local lake, an old trunk. The trunk reminds Rafe of something a pirate might have buried, like the ones in the Robert Louis Stevenson books he used to read as a child. Will treasure be found within?
This story will take you on an adventure from Switzerland to the Pacific Islands. You’ll encounter serial killers, wildfires, and a host of carefully crafted characters. The story alternates back and forth between the journal entries and Rafe’s recounting of current events. Robert Masello is a master of historically inspired fiction. He blends the facts and the fiction flawlessly throughout the story. The superb writing and plot twists kept me fully engaged from beginning to end. I will definitely be looking to read more of this author’s work in the future.
Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!