Bermuda. Pink sand, exotic beauty, mysterious history, a three billion dollar national debt, and a per capita murder rate twice that of New York even with the most Draconian gun control law in the Western world. In Beyond The Tempest, the real Bermuda is a principal character in the novel, not simply a tourist backdrop.
On Bermuda, it is legal to shoot a dead man, but ten years in Westgate Prison without parole for just holding the gun. Yet, celebrated memory expert, Tony DiMarco, had been killed, twice. Either bullet, the .32 or the .41 magnum, would have done the job; so why two killers killing one man at the same time in an empty abandoned cemetery while risking ten years of hard time by just holding the guns?
DiMarco was to be the featured act at the New Century Venture Capital Conference at the Duchess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda. With his death, banker Roland Sommers, the local conference organizer, needed another act within four days. DiMarco’s replacement, former physicist and now experienced mentalist, Kaarin Larsson.
Kaarin is becoming more deeply troubled by recurring agonizing dreams, of visions, and strange feelings of threat that had driven her from her life’s work as a theoretical physicist probing the cosmos. And then that bitter suggestion by a renowned anthropologist, offhand and careless … that she may not be human.
In her first night in Bermuda, Kaarin is attacked by two killers. She knows no person on the islands – why her? And the images of the killers she saw in the dark, did she really see them? Inspector Keith Haggard of the Bermuda Police Service has his doubts.
With two, now perhaps three killers running loose on the islands, the Police Service must find them before more killings occur, and tourists feel themselves threatened.
Bermuda becomes an active character in Beyond The Tempest as Kaarin is finally driven to cease all efforts at controlling the turmoil in her mind, to reach out across the islands, to confront the killers themselves.
Note: Researching the novel included an interview with the Commissioner of Police who in turn, provided an officer to show Bermuda as the police see the islands, beyond the pink sands. It was a remarkable afternoon in paradise.