When wealthy homeowner Preston Lomax is killed in his McMansion, everyone on the island could be a suspect. Lomax lived large, owed everyone money, and the word was spreading that he was planning to stiff them all and disappear. Chief of Police Henry Kennis, a newcomer from California, finds himself investigating the crime, with help from the State Police. Together they solve the case -- or so it appears. But Henry can't shake the feeling that they've missed something.
Kennis soon discovers scandals and intrigues behind the scenes in one of America's most exclusive resort locations. This glamorous setting hosts an eclectic cast of local characters -- oddball journalists, surfing carpenters, drug dealers, wealthy homeowners and their slacker children, and a poetry-writing police Chief. Kennis uncovers a truth that lies somewhere between the bad blood and the good neighbors, the brightly manicured lawns and the dark secrets buried under them.
"Nantucket Sawbuck is a rare delight -- a well=written small town mystery that feels like life, complete with suspects who are the sort of people who commit murders and a police chief who's capable of catching them at it."
-- Thomas Perry, author of The Jane Whitefield novels
"Axelrod is a full-speed powerhouse of a writer."
-- Domenic Stansberry, Edgar Award-winning aiuthor of Naked Moon