Dismal Key

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A suspenseful thriller centered on Human Trafficking – More common and closer to home than people wish to believe. Sixteen-year-old McKlusky Harvey's parents ship him off to Florida every summer to work on those "behavioral issues" of his. He's actually enjoying himself on his grandfather's fishing boat, until his new girlfriend goes missing. It turns out she was taken by a trio of human traffickers.  Other girls are also missing.  The traffickers have disappeared into the Ten Thousand Islands and are planning to ship the girls to Cuba for auction.

McKlusky and ex-CIA agent, Becker, are both trying to find the girls. McKlusky understands two things: 1) The smugglers know the islands a hell of a lot better than any cop, and 2) a flurry of boats and choppers suddenly appearing in the area will just get the girls killed. Enlisting his drug-running cousin to help him, McKlusky takes off after the bad guys with nothing more than a knife and an optimism that far outbalances any good sense.
Becker has hired McKlusky's grandfather to boat him through, and that puts even more family at risk when the traffickers spring a deadly trap not even the seasoned pro sees coming.

Mitch Doxsee has already claimed the Florida Authors and Publisher's Assoc. President's 2013 Gold Award in the eBook category for this fast paced thriller that will keep you reading until the very end. 


(Award Winning eBook) Now available in print. 

Early Release by popular request.



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  • 4
    Great read, begs for a seque

    Posted by Pat Stanford on 20th Nov 2017

    his is a well written, face paced nail biter. Interesting characters and an even more interesting setting in the ten thousand islands on the west coast of Florida. My only disappointment was the confusing changes in the point of view.

    It starts in the first person, with the narrator about to be eaten by a shark. We backtrack to see how he got there and the action really gets going.

    This book is BEGGING for a sequel.

  • 5
    Always holds your interest

    Posted by Martin Wilhelm on 12th Feb 2015

    I found character and plot development to be engaging. The book keeps your attention as you follow the action packed summer of young McKlusky. It is an easy read and sets the author up at the end for a sequel. I look forward to future exploits of McKlusky, Harvey, and Becker.

  • 5
    Great book

    Posted by ROBERT MARVIN on 1st Dec 2013

    Knowing some of Mitch Doxsee's family they encouraged me to read his book and I am very happy to say I was very pleased with the outcome.
    I was impressed with the story content as well as the cast of characters. Having been on all of the islands that were written about as well as the shack on dismal key, before it was burned down many years ago, it was easy to put the whole story into motion.
    I hope the next book is a little longer (dismal key is 225 pages) but this one was hard to put down once things got moving and they started moving pretty quick.