To be released October 18, 2020!
A moonshining hermit ◊◊ An English major ◊◊ A $4 million jewel heist
When diamonds appear in a remote canyon stream, whitewater rafters and artifact thieves set off in a deadly race to the source.
Brayden, an aspiring writer, works in a Chicago insurance firm with his ambitious uncle when they embark on a wilderness whitewater adventure. On a remote hike, they find their colleague, Dylan, dead in the sand, a handful of gems in his fist. When thieves charge in, Brayden flees deeper into the canyon, where he encounters a gin-brewing recluse named Relic. Brayden’s uncle is cornered and cuts a deal with the thieves, but they each have a surprise for the other… and the rafters have ideas of their own about getting rich quick… Brayden and Relic must become allies, traverse the harsh desert, and beat the thieves to the hidden gems. Brayden must confront his uncle about suspicious payments at their insurance firm and what he was really doing at the stream where Dylan was killed…
Can they discover the truth, find the lost jewels, and protect the rafters from grenade-tossing thieves?
“…an adeptly written thriller…the excitement and tension are superb…the entire plot [is] compelling” – Readers’ Favorite Five Star Review
“straightforward and thrilling, with humor intermixed…”
“Relic is a unique and intriguing character…passionately interested in preserving the ancient archaeological sites and conserving the land and water.”
“[We] enthusiastically recommend it to readers who enjoy thrillers, action-packed adventure, and crime novels.” – Onlinebookclub.org four out of four Star Review
“Another rollicking Relic ride from A.W. Baldwin…a bunch of double-crossing, dirt dealing, diamond thieves run into Relic’s trademark wit and ingenuity. Enjoy!” – Jacob P. Avila, Cave Diver, Grand Master Adventure Writers Award Winner