Tony Lowell's on the case again. In Hour of the Manatee, the justice-bound private investigator faces an integral aspect of his past and makes a shocking discovery while trying to solve a twenty-five year old murder mystery of the rich playboy, Henry Hartley. It all begins with a phone call. In time, Lowell meets an imbalanced housekeeper who meets her untimely demise, but not before slipping Lowell a seemingly innocuous photograph that isn't innocuous at all, but a piece of incriminating evidence. The implications of the photograph send Lowell deeper into peril where he encounters more deaths at the hands of an unknown but brutal murderer.|
Gene Ayres pens another thrilling mystery. Hour of the Manatee is a fast-read and a masterfully written brainteaser that keeps you guessing as to who the actual murderer could be until the last page. Ayres conjures a protagonist who is multi-faceted and not immune to the pitfalls of life. But it is within the pitfalls that Tony Lowell shines the most. It is inevitable that readers will fall in love with Tony Lowell the character, but they will fall in love with Tony Lowell, the man as well.