Today, Dec. 30 – the eve of New Year’s Eve – is the day SAFE HARBOR opens:
It was a little after four o’clock on the thirtieth day of December. The Bay Street and Wall Street stock markets had just closed, when an attractive dark-haired woman rushed into my office. Her china-blue eyes were pleading. “Mrs. Tierney, I need to speak to you.”
“You can’t just barge in here,” said Rose Sisto, our administrative assistant. “I’m sorry, Pat, she ran past me.”
The New Year was almost here, and I had work to finish up because the girls and I planned to drive up north in the morning. I had been about to tell Rose to head on home…I decided now would be a good time to do so. “I’ll take care of it, Rose. Call it a day. I’ll lock up.”
SAFE HARBOR’s story actually begins a few pages and a few hours earlier with the Prologue. Jude Seaton receives a threatening phone call, a call that gets her really worried about the safety of her seven-year-old son, Tommy. It spurs her into action that sets the events of the novel rolling.
Why did I open SAFE HARBOR on Dec. 30? I decided to give the story a seasonal twist because this time of year that purports to be about peace, joy and love invites the complete opposite: murder and mayhem. Hardly original, and there are enough Christmas crime fiction anthologies out there (including Holmes for the Holidays and Canada’s very own Blood on the Holly) to fill a small library.
Dec. 30 is closer to New Year’s Day than Christmas and that is because the new year is a holiday I particularly like. It’s the time for fresh starts, for scrapping the old order and beginning again. The visitor to Pat Tierney’s office on the afternoon of Dec. 30 turns Pat’s world upside-down. She is forced to re-examine her life and make a new beginning for herself. Something she very much needs to do.
If you haven’t read SAFE HARBOR yet, why don’t you download it here?