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Kay Jennings is the author of 'Shallow Waters' and 'Midnight Beach,' both set on the Oregon coast.

COURTESY PHOTO - Estacada author Kay Jennings released her second novel 'Midnight Beach' last month. Jennings is pictured during an event for her debut novel 'Shallow Waters.'

Could an international drug ring be operating in a small Oregon town?

That's a question that the protagonist of Estacada author Kay Jennings's latest novel must answer.

In "Midnight Beach," published in September, police chief Matt Horning must determine if a massive drug ring is operating in the small community where he works. The story is inspired by the real-life Cigale drug raid of 1977 in Bandon.

"Midnight Beach" follows Jennings' debut novel "Shallow Waters," which was published last year. Both books are set in the fictional Oregon coast town of Port Stirling.

"Just when his police department gets back to normal after solving its first murder in decades, along comes another dead body found in a marsh near the Pacific Ocean. And this one has ominous overtones never seen before in Port Stirling," an excerpt from the back of the novel reads. "Dogged by his own demons, Horning must quickly face the facts; this is more than a few bad guys exchanging pot for cash. Much more. Does he have the experience to take back Port Stirling from those who would harm its peaceful vibe before it's lost forever?"

For more information about Jennings and the Port Stirling novels, visit kayjenningsauthor.com


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