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The Blue Creek novels are a mixture of suspense and mystery stories, each
of which deals with obsession.
Carter suffers PTSD stemming from his experiences as a Marine. As he says, "No one ever goes to war and comes
out the better for it." He is chronically haunted, but not morose. His story is one of on-going redemption with recurring
episodes of depression and self-loathing.
As an investigator, his genius is not brilliance, intuition, or
analytical proficiency. It is obsessive-compulsive persistence.
" Are you okay?" he asked as he approached the fire.
" What a strange thing to ask,"
she said. " How could I be?"
—Richard and Jill on the island, Bonne Femme
is little overtly graphic violence and no explicit sex depicted in these stories. Profanity is kept to a minimum consistent
with believable dialog.