JAMIE MCNABB writes in several genres, but concentrates on science fiction, fantasy, and sea stories. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of print and online publications. For many years, he sailed on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. He’s been up and down the length of the Multnomah Channel countless times. At one point, he moored his boat not far from the fictional site of Elk Jaw Landing. When it comes to building houses, Jamie McNabb claims no special expertise; however, he has remodeled two houses and refurbished three boats. It was these projects that taught him the unparalleled value of a good table saw.
Alastair MacNaughton and his uncle, Chauncey Winston, have been at each other’s throats for decades. Nobody enjoys a good old-fashioned family dustup as much as these two, but their squabbling has created a deadly paralysis from which the family company, Winston Tug and Barge—the largest maritime transportation concern on the Columbia River—may not emerge.
To settle things once and for all, they make an insane, winner-take-all bet. At issue isn’t the turn of a card in some soggy waterfront saloon, but whether or not Alastair can complete the construction of the family eyesore: Enoch’s Folly, an unfinished, semi-abandoned floating home.
From the moment he rolls up his sleeves, Alastair finds himself embroiled in a lethal maelstrom of family legend, eccentric neighbors, break-ins, fires, and Chauncey’s malevolent machinations. Indeed, Alastair’s only ally might well turn out to be the irascible, telepathic river dragon living beneath Enoch’s Folly.
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