This is a mystery/thriller set on the coast of Maine. The principal character/narrator is a man entering his middle years. An army officer in Vietnam, upon returning form his first tour he learned his wife had died unexpectedly. His response was to go back to Vietnam where he tried to get dead for the next two years. Finally, he was sent home by a commanding officer who felt he had more worth alive than dying a mourning death.
He "retired" to a small house on the Maine coast where he became a writer and photographer. His principal enjoyment comes from early morning drives around Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. It is on one of these early morning drives that he stops to help a fellow motorist stranded with car trouble. It is then he meets the semi-mysterious Adriana Barrows.
An early summer/early autumn relationship begins to develop as he learns more and more about Adriana's past. And soon he learns again one of the lessons he learned in combat in Vietnam: when things seem too good to be true, they often are. To be sure, Adriana is a strong, independent woman. A linguist with a background in the war on drugs and a fascination for him that he never expected to find.
Perhaps it is the romantic fool inside me, but I prefer to write my longer stories in the first person. I seem to want to feel the emotion and the excitement of what is happening and I see it all clearly, occasionally dreaming the sequences. I remember a conversation I had with a group of other writers one time and the universal feeling in that group was that first person accounts were far too, well, "personal" and they all seemed to want to be hidden from the views of their readers by telling the stories from far above. I would like to think that my writing in the first person lets the reader come into the story with me, riding along on the wave's crest at the moment and will have a better experience in my books.
Whichever voice I use, my interest is in telling stories that present real people dealing with issues that may be far beyond what they anticipate as possible. Some characters will have specific training that enables them to accomplish certain types of things under certain conditions. Some characters will have no training that will enable them to deal with the circumstances they encounter and they will have to use their basic strengths of character and perhaps prior experience and education to overcome obstacles unexpected. I don't like magic or "magic thinking" because in my experience those things lead to enormously difficult and rough passages later on, so hopefully each one of the protagonists in my writing will meet each challenge with real skills and achieve real and hopefully, valuable results that will be enjoyable to read about. Truth is always stranger than fiction but when truth and fiction merge, the interaction makes for a great and enjoyable reading experience. And real people always make the most interesting prey as well as predators.