Tidal Pools

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Making the most of incredible plot twists, dark settings, and the use of ancient religious rituals, this thriller will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages. In the Galeegi Islands along the coast of South Carolina, the former prime suspect in a 40-year-old, controversial murder case is found dead of a questionable suicide. Tyler Miles, a newly recruited patrolman with the Galeegi Police Department, becomes an unlikely part of the investigation and is immediately swept up in a tidal wave of violence and deceit that threatens to impact the entire Lowcountry. Working side-by-side with Chloe Hart, a research biologist for the EPA, Tyler must find a connection between the suicide and the old murder, all the while facing a new rash of killings and an imminent, destructive threat to the islands and the surrounding marshlands. From behind the screen doors of the island’s most impoverished hovels to the marble floors and crystal chandeliers of its finest plantation homes, Tyler will race to unravel the mystery behind the chilling case. And, in his search for justice, he will come face to face with an evil as old as hatred itself, cryptically finding his answers only in what the tide leaves behind. 


Lawrence Thackston has been a teacher for nearly 25 years. He is the author of The Devil’s Courthouse. He lives in Orangeburg, South Carolina.


“Each wave that laps upon Lawrence Thackston’s imagination brings darkness and fear from an ancient spirit world that still exists on our moss-draped sea islands, between the tourists and the trinkets, in plain sight, almost unnoticed, until bad blood begins to boil. Tidal Pools is a great South Carolina story, well told, by one of our best. Enjoy.”  —Ken Burger, author, Swallow Savannah“If you enjoy a cleverly constructed, fast-paced nail biter spiced by hexes, haints, and hoodoo, this is your book. It will keep you guessing to the last page, and you can’t get there fast enough.”  —John Warley, author, Bethesda’s Child"Tidal Pools is a chilling mystery set along the distinctive shores of the palmetto state. A suspenseful page-turner filled with historical angst and eclectic characters, the plot will keep you guessing to the bitter, yet poignant, end. I highly recommend it."  —Jim Harrison, author, The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home"The taut, menacing mood and vivid setting draw you in, and hoodoo, voodoo, and dirty bombs keep you reading."  —Brad Crowther, author, The Ninth Man

"Thackston weaves an intensely menacing tale in an appropriate setting—a remote island, lush and primitive. Ancient rituals rule here as a rookie policeman tries to make sense of a killer that fits no previous profile. A romance blossoms as the young officer bravely forges through a web of superstition and violence to an astounding conclusion. Hold on to your seats!”  —Rose Tomlin, author, Duel of the Heart