Perched in an airy penthouse above the corrupt streets of Manhattan, unlicensed P.I. Duck Darley has settled into an unlikely domestic routine with a wealthy divorcée and her precocious eight-year-old son. But old nightmares return when a desperate text from Cass Kimball, the former partner Duck once took a bullet to protect, lures him back into sworn-off vices and the sinister world of professional sports . . .
Cass cries murder after her boyfriend tumbles to his death in the Catskills while researching the tragic doping experiments that changed the lives of East German Olympic athletes during the Cold War. Following the brutal killing of a champion javelin thrower, Cass herself is arrested on charges of double homicide, leaving Duck on an impossible quest for answers while doubting everything he ever believed about his secretive sidekick . . .
Now, caught between the secret horrors of extreme performance enhancement and shadowy criminals who stalk him relentlessly, it’s sink or swim as Duck stumbles through a reckless investigation that endangers both his life and that of anyone he allows himself to hold dear.
Praise for the first Duck Darley Mystery
"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. Slick and brash, with a little New York hip thrown in, it does for competitive swimming what Megan Abbott did for gymnastics, exposing he poison at the heart of a coach's and a family's need to win."
—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