by Richard Hoyt

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When Denson undertakes to clear a Washington State client of a small-time marijuana charge, he finds himself in spotted owl country; that tiny denizen of first-growth timber is up against the logging industry. What will it be: endangerment of a species, or the loss of thousands of jobs?

Now a spotted owl is found murdered—strangled, to be precise. Denson's sometime partner Willie Prettybird, a Cowlitz Indian who may or may not be a shaman, tells Denson that the Spirit Animals want him to investigate the killing, and things get cosmic. Especially since the corpus delecti seems to have been misplaced.

Beautiful Jennie Maclvar, of the Fish and Wildlife Service, saw the dead owl before it vanished—and is determined to find the killer. But then she is murdered. Her death hits Denson right in the heart. What seemed a simple little marijuana case turns into a hunt for a vicious killer who may have targeted Denson himself as the next victim....

RICHARD HOYT'S John Denson Mysteries are "sophisticated, well-written and excellent examples of the genre" (The New York Times). Now John Denson faces the toughest challenge of his career....

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BN ID: 2940162809715
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 06/03/2020
Series: John Denson , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 906,219
File size: 969 KB

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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