Quint Mitchell is a multi-dimensional character suffering from tragedies yet unresolved in his past. He is determined to help his friend find the real killer no matter the personal cost. Throughout the story Quint comes to grips with the past and learns how to move forward with his life. The supporting cast of characters is colorful, engaging, well defined and adds to the intricate background and suspense conveyed in the story.
The writing is fast paced and moves fluidly from character to character throughout the entire story. The interaction between the characters is palpable as the mystery and intrigue of this story unfolds.
The backdrop for this story is the beautiful and historic city of St. Augustine Florida painted with an accurate and stunning sense of detail. I have personally been to this city many times and the descriptive writing of the author knowledgably portrays the streets and historical locations while at the same time delivering a unique feel for the essence of this historical City in a powerful and distinctive voice.
I feel it is important to point out that the certain references to the Civil Rights movement in 1963-1964 and the role played in the City of St. Augustine in those turbulent times are historically correct as mentioned in the Author’s Note at the end of the book.
MATANZAS BAY won author Parker Francis, aka Vic DiGenti, the 2007 Josiah W. Bancroft, Sr. Award, and was named a Book of the Year in the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition sponsored by the Florida Writers Association.
I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book for the intense suspense/mystery as well as the overall feel for the rich background and history of the city of St. Augustine.