Fish Story

Fish Story

by Richard Hoyt

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October in Seattle—a dreary, drizzly time of year, and it doesn't help that private eye John Denson's favorite hangout, the Pig's Alley, is being converted into a fey French restaurant. Things are worse for Denson's good friend and darts partner Willie Prettybird. A salmon fisherman by trade, in business with his brother Rodney, Willie is nervous about a lawsuit they've brought to gain treaty fishing rights for the Cowlitz Indian tribe, an action that has made the Prettybirds a few powerful enemies among the sport and commercial fishing interests, notably Foxx Jensen and Doug Egan. What worries Willie even more is that somebody is threatening his pretty sister Melinda, by beating up her boyfriends.

Denson volunteers to look into Melinda's problem, which at first seems a simple case of a jealous ex-husband, though Mike Stark doesn't really fit the part. But when the federal judge in the Cowlitz suit is reported missing, and when neatly butchered cuts of human flesh begin mysteriously to turn up in a downtown park, Denson realizes he's cast his net into deep and dangerous waters.

The Seattle police hope that a sophisticated computerized scanner trained on the park vicinity will discover case-breaking evidence. Denson, his methods less fancy, pursues his own unconventional course, helped on his offbeat way by a motley ensemble: a beautiful and brainy lawyer; a renegade cop with a grudge, and the wacky owner of Juantar's Doie Bar, Denson's new home away from home. It is a case full of fish stories, and Denson's job is to find out who the liars are. With a shocking climax set in a spooky labyrinth underneath Seattle's sidewalks, it is surely the grisliest and most bizarre case of John Denson's eccentric career.

"The Denson books...sophisticated, well-written and excellent examples of the genre."—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162837046
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 06/03/2020
Series: John Denson , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Richard Hoyt graduated from the University of Oregon. After graduating from the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Holabird, Maryland, he served as a counterintelligence agent then returned to Oregon to earn a master’s degree. A fellow of the Washington Journalism Center, he worked as a Washington correspondent for The Oregonian and other Pacific Northwest newspapers. He later earned a PhD in American studies from the University of Hawaii. Hoyt wrote for both morning and afternoon newspapers in Honolulu and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism and writing courses at the University of Maryland and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, before quitting to write novels full-time.

Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Teresita, formerly of Cebu City, Philippines and his daughter Teresa. He has a daughter, Laura, from a previous marriage.

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