From Subterranean Press:
The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew
Corbett, professional "problem solver," has accepted a lucrative, if
unusual, commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball.
What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes
involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to
death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who
has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby
swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of
justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a
treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He
discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt and is stalking
the hunters with more than murder in mind.
What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled
savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the
River of Souls will test the limits of Matthews endurance, and lead him through
a nightmarish passage to a confrontation with his past, and a moment that will
alter his life forever.
Gripping, unsettling, and richly atmospheric, The River of Souls is a masterful
historical adventure featuring the continuing exploits of a young hero the USA
Character Approved Blog has called the "Early American James Bond."