The King of Tides by James Swain is two pleasing detective stories in one. Hero Jon Lancaster is a detective physically unlike most readers meet. How many heroes appear physically fat? Jon’s stomach, which several female characters in the story seem compelled to touch, is the result of some sort of physical condition. His stomach only looks fat as it enters a room slightly in advance of Jon. It is actually hard in the way that indicates lots of physical training, logical for an ex-Navy SEAL. This tells us that Jon will get into a lot of physical fight action which he will win. This is because opponents will underestimate him due to the stomach and because Jon is an all-around badass in general. If miscreants had been female and taken advantage of stomach fondling, they probably would not have called him out.