Mr. Clarinet : Max Mingus wanted to turn down the case - fifteen million bucks on the table or not. The boy was dead, Max was sure of it. Three years had passed since Haitian billionaire Allain Carver's five-year-old son was abducted. Why bother now? The huge bounty and the resources of the most powerful white family in Haiti hadn't turned up a lead. Sure, Max had been the best detective in Miami once. But that was eight years back. Before he served time for killing a pair of junkie child-murderers. Before his wife, Sandra, died. Plus, he'd heard what had happened to the other PI's sent to Haiti before him - all dead, or their lives permanently screwed up, without ever getting close to finding Charlie Carver. But with nothing left to lose - and for all that money - Max does go down there.