Chancing an improbable stretch of sobriety, unlicensed P.I. Duck Darley has proven himself stronger than the temptations that loom in the seedy underbelly of New York City. But the familiar urge to tear it all apart lingers like garbage in July when Layla Soto, a sharp-tongued Park Avenue teenager with a family as screwed up as his own, presents a twisted missing-persons case he can’t refuse . . .
Layla saw her billionaire father get abducted by two enigmatic women in the tallest residential tower on earth, and suspects her grandmother, a Chinese social climber on husband number three, orchestrated the act to eliminate her only son. Duck agrees to investigate the hedge funder’s disappearance, if only for the rush of a new thrill—and an excuse to reconcile with Cass Kimball, his black latex-clad former business partner who nearly got him killed . . .
As the unlikely duo becomes immersed in a high-stakes ransom linked to the international drug trade and the most powerful criminals alive, surviving means trusting no one. Because how long can a person live on the edge before falling?
Praise for the Duck Darley Mysteries
“Hard‑used former swimmer Duck Darley gets pulled into a no‑win case that shows that dry land is no safer for him than H2O.”
“As Darley gets to the heart of the story Victor was pursuing, he must face various intimidating and cartoonish villains en route to the shocking climax.”
“Now and again a debut novel comes along that blows you out of the water. The book sings in its sheer narrative momentum.”
—Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor Series
“Casey Barrett should find himself in the big pool of crime writers with this deftly conceived, crisply written debut.”
—New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross
“Deliciously lascivious and violent, Under Water’s Vicodin fueled hero is impossible not to cheer on. The pull of his dark world will keep readers captivated to the last page.”
—Kyle Mills, New York Times bestselling author of Order to Kill
“This one has it all: mystery, suspense, secrets, and a longing for new adventure. It should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados.”
—New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
“Barrett has created a series character in Duck Darley that rivals any detective or PI out there today: a bourbon‑drinking, fringe‑living antihero you'll find yourself rooting for despite his many flaws. I'm addicted . . .”
—USA Today bestselling author Charlie Donlea
“Olympic swimmer Barrett dives into the disturbing side of competitive sport in his savage thriller debut.”