In this new novel, Aidan Sharpe, a disbarred lawyer who lives on Ocracoke Island, is beset with self-doubt. As he strives to make sense of his life and his growing affection for Molly, an enterprising tugboat captain, he is drawn into the mystery of Prodigal, an old schooner found adrift and unmanned off the coast. The ship hides a 2,000-year-old secret that carries the promise of paradise, and its discovery leads Aidan and Molly into a race between time and eternity. Written by Raleigh resident Michael Hurley, the mystery explores themes of religion, love, betrayal and forgiveness. Published by Ragbagger Press in Charleston, S.C. Softcover, 347 pages, $10.22 (paperback) and $5.99 (Kindle).