INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY: A BAHAMIAN ISLAND BECOMES A BATTLEGROUND FOR A SAVAGE PRIVATE WAR.

Deep Water Blues

Charismatic expat Bobby Little built his own funky version of paradise on the remote island of Rum Cay in the southern Bahamas, a place where ambitious sport fishermen docked their yachts for fine French cuisine and crowded the bar to boast of big blue marlin catches while Bobby refilled their cognac on the house.  Larger than life, Bobby was really the main attraction–a visionary entrepreneur, expert archer, reef surfer, bush pilot, master chef, seductive conversationalist.

But, after tragedy shatters the tranquility of Bobby’s marina, tourists stop visiting, and shimmering jealousies flare among island residents.  When a cruel, different kind of self-made entrepreneur challenges Bobby for control of the docks, all hell breaks lose.  As the cobalt blue Bahamian waters run red with blood, the man who made Rum Cay his home will be lucky if he gets off the island alive. . . .

When the Ebb Tide cruises four hundred miles southeast from Fort Lauderdale to Rum Cay, its captain finds the Bahamian island he so fondly remembers drastically altered.  Shoal covers the marina entrance, the beaches are deserted, and onshore there is a small cemetery with headstones overturned and bones sticking up through the sand.  What happened to Bobby’s paradise?

“Since I was a child, the desolate out islands of the Bahamas have been a home, none more dear than the shark-infested, storm-ravaged, cursed utopia of Rum Cay. . . . Deep Water Blues churns with the beauty, desperation, violence, and yearning of those fighting to survive on a speck of land in an eternal sea. As a reader, I am on fire. As a son, I could not be more proud.”

– JOSH WAITZKIN