Bill Eidson scored a hit with The Repo, the first installment of an acclaimed series featuring ex-DEA Agent Jack Merchant and boat repossession contractor Sarah Ballard. In The Mayday, Eidson continues their intimate, fractious partnership as they search for a man's children, missing on the high seas.
No one believes Matt Coulter's story of his foundered sailboat, a life raft adrift at night, and a rescue turned kidnapping - least of all, the police. Jack and Sarah don't either, at first. But they reluctantly take the case, and the further they follow its twists and turns, the more convinced they become that the missing children are still alive. At least for now.
This book became much better in the second half, so stick with it.
A family is capsized and only the father survives, but he is convinced his kids are still out there. He hires a PI to find them and they discover it wasn't an accident at sea at all.