Quota by Jock Serong.
Anyone who grew up in small town anywhere will enjoy this.
CHARLIE JARDIM has just trashed his legal career in a spectacular courtroom meltdown, and his fiancee has finally left him. When an old friend slings him a prosecution brief that will take him to the remote coastal town of Dauphin, Charlie reluctantly agrees that the sea air might be good for him.
The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. and the witnesses aren't talking.
The Crime & Thriller group on Goodreads.com is discussion Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October." Very interesting discussion there. Wow, this book started slowly! How did he get this first 50 pages past an editor? Jump on in and join the discussion there.