The Summer of Stolen Lobsters

Good news: INTO THE TRAP comes out on July 19. As with THE SEA SINGER and SEABORN, the book itself has become what an author dreams about: Its cover captures the true spirit of the book and its interior has been handled with care and artistry. I’m someone who loves books as artifacts—tactile works of art that are as pleasing to the touch as they are to the eye and imagination. I can’t wait to get a copy in my hands.

Kirkus Reviews calls the novel “An action-packed tale…that will appeal to reluctant readers.”

I hope you’re not reluctant to get your own hands on a copy or two, especially after you hear what it’s all about:

Summer has come to Fog Island, bringing warm weather, tourists—and an epidemic of lobster thefts. Twelve-year-old Eddie Atwell, whose lobsterman father nears financial ruin, discovers where the thieves are hiding their plunder: in a tidal pool on remote Greenhead Island.

But the thieves—Jake Daggett and Martin “Marty” Smith—recognize Eddie’s skiff when they arrive on the island to unload more lobsters. They tow it away, stranding Eddie, who fears for his life now that the thieves know he knows their secret. Enter Briggs Fairfield, becalmed in a small sailboat just off shore. Fleeing a bullying counselor from nearby Saggy Neck Sailing Camp, Briggs is a precocious, garrulous 13-year-old—the antithesis of Eddie. He agrees to sail Eddie back to shore to execute his plan to get the lobsters back. Briggs reveals his own plan to make the perilous passage to the mainland, and the two form a pact to help each other. But the thieves, the weather, and the treacherous waters have other plans as Eddie and Briggs test their bravery—and their patience with each other—in their quest to outfox Jake and Marty before they can sell the lobsters on the mainland to a ruthless middleman.

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