Meet Duck Darley. 

Meet Duck Darley, former rich kid, felon, and swimmer, who now works the shadows of New York City's gilded streets. Together with his partner, dominatrix Cassandra Kimball, Duck has become a sought-after 'finder' for wealthy Manhattan families in need of assistance with their darkest secrets.  

The first Duck Darley novel, UNDER WATER, was released by Kensington Books in December 2017, and follows Duck as he searches the city for a missing girl, whose older brother was an Olympic swimming champion and former teammate. It was nominated for a SHAMUS AWARD, for "Best First PI Novel." 

Book two, AGAINST NATURE, released in August 2018, delves into the horrors of white supremacy and extreme performance enhancement, as Duck tracks the investigation from the Catskill mountains to Manhattan and on to the seamy streets of Miami. 

Book three, THE TOWER OF SONGS, is slated for release in September 2019. 

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Reviews for Under Water and Against Nature:

"Here be the beginnings of a superb series. A novel that sparkles with wit, sass, and wonderful narrative style. Charles Willeford is rarely mentioned much these days yet his Hoke Moseley series is among the true classics of the genre. Casey is the rightful heir." 
— Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series

"It does for competitive swimming what Megan Abbott did for gymnastics, exposing the poison at the heart of a coach's and a family's need to win." 
— New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross

"A sordid tale of murder and sport. It should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados.”
— New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

"Casey Barrett knows the world of swimming as well as almost anyone.  But who knew it could be the source of so much suspense?"
— Bob Costas


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