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By 1989 the exodus of the affluent is in full flow from inland city to the towns along the beach, bringing with them a new set of values and a new kind of crime.

 

“If Chandler Cairns had gone out with Old Sven in his boat that last night, the old man might still be alive. He should have gone. He should have listened to his friend talk, sat with him in the darkness of the Back Bay, hearing whatever secrets he had to tell.  He never got another chance.”

 

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Early 1980s.  The flower children are gone.  Beach towns which have been closed and abandoned in winter are beginning to be discovered by all year residents.

“Jennifer goes ahead of Jake up the Coast Highway 1, leaving a ghost trail in her wake.

Point Magu.  The hills, like humpbacked whales, clustered, mated to one another, the sea licking at their noses.  And then one last strange rock, alone and seaward like some forgotten giant or a period at the end of a sentence.  Beyond that are the flats of the Ventura valley, the firing range, the naval base, pale fields with only the tips of the crop greening the land.  Highway 1 hurries across it to get to the other side quickly before the sea sweeps in again and wipes it clean.”

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By1989 the exodus of the affluent is in full flow from inland city to the towns along the beach, bringing with them a new set of values and a new kind of crime.

“If Chandler Cairns had gone out with Old Sven in his boat that last night, the old man might still be alive. He should have gone. He should have listened to his friend talk, sat with him in the darkness of the Back Bay, hearing whatever secrets he had to tell.  He never got another chance.”

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