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Literati is excited to host author and Oylmpian Casey Barnett to read from and discuss his new novel Under Water.
About Under Water:
Duck Darley should have been a winner. Once a competitive swimmer destined for Olympic gold, he drank away his gilded youth and followed his fraudster father's footsteps into prison. Barely scraping by as an unlicensed private investigator, Duck now chases down cheating spouses for the same Manhattan elite who once viewed him as equal, and drowns bitter memories with whatever fills his glass.
Duck's lost glory days resurface when he's tasked with finding the teenaged sister of a former teammate turned Olympic champion. Privileged Madeline McKay vanished over Labor Day weekend, leaving behind a too-perfect West Village apartment and a promising athletic career of her own. Duck thinks he's hunting for a self-destructive runaway--until Madeline's film student ex is savagely murdered, and the media spins her as the psycho who killed him.
As Duck searches for Madeline, he's plunged back into the dark underbelly of Olympic swimming--a world rife with wild lies and terrible violence. And he soon learns that no matter how hard he tries to escape his past, demons still lurk beneath every surface . . .
"Here be the beginnings of a superb series. A novel that sparkles with wit, sass, and wonderful narrative style. Charles Willeford is rarely mentioned much these days yet his Hoke Moseley series is among the true classics of the genre. Casey is the rightful heir." — Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series
"Barrett's first-person narrative has a music of its own, and his alcoholic hero, just two drinks away from seeking his next fix, is appealingly vulnerable even if the improbable pile of unspeakable felonies here will mainly bring to mind your mother's admonition: don't go near the water." - Kirkus Reviews
"An expertly crafted mystery that introduces the antihero you can’t help but root for, Duck Darley is witty, crass and endearing and quickly became one of my all time favorite characters." - The Suspense is Thrilling Me, 4 Stars
"It does for competitive swimming what Megan Abbott did for gymnastics, exposing the poison at the heart of a coach's and a family's need to win." — New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross
"A sordid tale of murder and sport. It should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados.” — New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
"Casey Barrett knows the world of swimming as well as almost anyone. But who knew it could be the source of so much suspense?" — Bob Costas
CASEY BARRETT is a Canadian Olympian and the co-founder and co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, New York City's largest learn-to-swim school. He has won three Emmy awards and one Peabody award for his work on NBC's broadcasts of the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008. Casey lives in Manhattan and the Catskill mountains of New York with his wife, daughter, and hound. He can be found online at caseybarrettbooks.com.