Created by E.C. Ayres
In yet another Florida P. I. series, TONY LOWELL's a "shaggy 1960's dropout, a "hippie deadbeat" ex-hotshot press photographer who lives in a shack on the Florida Gulf Coast and takes occasional PI gigs to finance the restoration of an old sailboat. His debut, Hour of the Manatee, won the 1992 St. Martin's Press/Best First Private Eye Novel Contest.
1998's Lair of the Lizard is also rather interesting. Tony goes to Santa Fe and runs across Walter Satterthwait's Joshua Croft.