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A true-life ship rescue by the Coast Guard stands as backdrop for this fictional thriller of a ship that sank in secrecy, and remained a mystery--until now.
by John Urban
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Here's the set-up:
On February 18, 1952, a five-hundred-foot oil tanker named the Pendleton snapped in half as it battled sixty-foot seas in a winter storm off Cape Cod. The rescue of the Pendleton ranks as one of the most heroic events in the history of the United States Coast Guard. That much is true.
In a work of fiction, A Single Deadly Truth tells that another ship sank that same night, just a few miles from where the Pendleton went down. The ship's sole survivor remained committed to taking the story, and the ship's location, to his grave. Until now.
A Single Deadly Truth features a thirty-five year old college professor and part-time harbormaster named Steve Decatur. He spends summers living aboard an old wooden sailboat in the town of Harbor Point, Massachusetts. When Decatur's friend, a lobsterman and diver named Chris Blanchard, is found dead off Cape Cod, Decatur is called on to retrieve the man's boat. Along the way, there's growing evidence that Blanchard's death was a murder, not an accident.
To the end, Decatur remains persistent in uncovering the truth. In doing so he uncovers a much larger crime.
Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall.
The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound.
Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur.
Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. A second Steve Decatur mystery is due out in 2011. For more information: www.johnmurban.com