The Darling Detective Agency was founded in 1876 by Aaron ‘Dusty’ Darling. Now Wes’s chain smoking, stressed out mother is grooming Wes to take over. How does he handle his mother’s demands? He heads to Key West, moves onto a sailboat, and takes a job tending bar at a little joint called Dirty Alvin’s.
Life is carefree until his mother’s lover, a man who mentored Wes for years, is murdered on a Key West Beach. Reluctantly, Wes is drawn into a spinning web of murder, sex and deceit.
First there are his mother’s pleas for help. Throw in a six-foot-tall red-headed stripper, a retired mobster who acts like it’s the 1940’s, a pair of dim-witted hit men, a phobic psychic named Elvis, a small fortune in stolen diamonds, and what do you have? Mayhem in Key West.
In September of 2003 Mike and his wife, Mary, moved aboard their 36-foot sailboat, Rough Draft. It was their intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where Mike would write a novel. They sailed the boat through the inland river system from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where they lived for two years. They also spent three months living in Key West. They are currently planning an extended boat trip to the Bahamas.