Brigands Key

Brigands Key is “a perfect storm of menace…breathtaking!” —The Florida Weekly

Death sweeps in off the Gulf of Mexico…

An ageless, impossible corpse at the bottom of the sea. A lethal plague. A ruthless murderer. A monster hurricane. Archaeologist Carson Grant came to Brigands Key to escape the limelight and repair his shattered reputation, and finds himself instead staring down the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Ken Pelham’s debut novel, Brigands Key, a first-place winner of the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award, was published in 2012 in hardcover by Gale Cengage-Five Star. His upcoming novel, Place of Fear, won the first place Royal Palm in 2012. Pelham is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Florida Writers Association.

An excerpt...

Grant gripped the lamp and pointed downward. All was blackness, a peculiar clear blackness, with flecks of white drifting and surging through.

The primeval fear of the unknown ran through him. Blackness, water with no bottom …

Down he went, sweeping all directions with the beam of his lamp.

The slope came into view. To his right, the craggy limestone plunged into the depths at forty-five degrees. Sea fans clung to it, waving in the currents, and sponges and urchins gave it an otherworldly beauty, brilliantly colored, starkly shadowed, in the glow of the lamp.

He followed the slope downward.

Forty, fifty, sixty feet. Equalizing the pressure in his head. Seventy …

And then he saw it.

He stared in disbelief, forgetting to breathe.

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