Join us to discuss Richard Meredith's action-adventure thriller, THE CROW'S NEST, with the author.
Submerged in a crude submarine hundreds of miles from shore with ten tons of cocaine stolen from a ruthless drug lord, Chase Brenner is having second thoughts about the plan. But, it better work or his family is toast.
Brenner, a devoted family man and assistant engineer on a commercial tuna seiner, barely escapes death after his boat and its crew are destroyed by the Hermandad cartel, which is hell-bent on eliminating all witnesses to its unique drug smuggling operation. After surviving an arduous voyage in a flimsy boat, Brenner seeks answers and maybe a little retribution. Hot on the trail for clues, he rescues Jonny LeBeau, a Louisiana shrimper forced into smuggling by the cartel who is now on its hit list after he’s suspected of skimming drugs. With Jonny’s rescue, the cartel realizes Brenner survived the sinking of the tuna boat and is a witness to its mass murder. Now, both Jonny and Brenner are in the cartel’s crosshairs.
In a desperate gambit to bargain for their lives, Brenner and Jonny hijack one of the cartel’s narco-subs containing ten tons of cocaine. The secrecy of the cartel’s billion-dollar enterprise hinges on silencing this dubious pair of extortionists. Jonny, though, proves he’s as cunning as the cartel’s most savage sicario. But the cartel plays its trump card and Jonny faces the moral dilemma of his life—ditch Brenner, the man who saved him from sure death, and escape with riches beyond his wildest dreams or lose it all and, maybe, his life to ransom Brenner’s wife and children after they’re kidnapped by the cartel.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Richard Meredith moved to California while serving in the US Navy. After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology, he worked as a marine scientist and wildlife biologist for the federal government and the private sector. His first novel, Sky Dance, was based on his environmental work in the oil fields of Ecuador. His crime thriller, The Crow’s Nest, won the Silver Falchion Award for the best action-adventure novel at the 2021 Killer Nashville Mystery and Thriller Writers Conference. It draws heavily on his work aboard commercial tuna seiners and marine research vessels in the Pacific Ocean. When not writing and reading, he enjoys travel, bird and wildlife watching, scuba diving, guitars, rock concerts, and most sports. He is a board member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento Chapter of Sister-in Crime. Rick is married with two children and four grandchildren.