Tahoe Deathfall (Owen McKenna Series)

Tahoe Deathfall (Owen McKenna Series)

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by Todd Borg

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Publishers Weekly
In another debut novel, Todd Borg's Tahoe Deathfall, first in the Owen McKenna series, a six-year-old girl falls to her death during a hike. Eight years later, her heiress twin sister hires P.I. McKenna to investigate the death. He discovers some skeletons in the family's closet, the likes of which he's never encountered, not to mention some pending murder plots. ) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Eight years ago, Jennifer Salazar's twin sister Melissa fell to her death during a birthday hike on Maggie's Peaks. Now Jennifer, who's always been convinced Melissa's death was no accident, wants Lake Tahoe shamus Owen McKenna to look into the case. The only problem is that Jennifer is only 14, not even old enough to sign a contract with Owen, and since her father is dead and her schizophrenic mother Alicia institutionalized, her legal guardian is her hyperprotective grandmother, Roberta Salazar, who's so set against Owen that she threatens him with a restraining order and kneecapping. No problem, Owen tells Jennifer; though he can't take her on as a paying client, he can look into her sister's death as a friend. And indeed most things seem to come easy to Owen, a rangy, can-do ex-cop who has two attractive women fighting over him, a monstrous Great Dane named Spot who routinely brings would-be predators to their knees, and so many friends in law enforcement that they outnumber the forgettable, telemovie suspects. Eventually, Owen's investigations into the Salazar family secrets give him the idea of busting Alicia out of the high-security private sanitarium where she's immured, and the thrilling, extended rescue/chase sequence that ensues gives him a chance, finally, to do something hard. Easygoing, self-confident Owen provides the perfect counterpoint to the menacing forces arrayed against his teenaged client-though there aren't that many suspects, they're all guilty as sin-in Borg's practiced debut.

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Thriller Press
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Owen McKenna Series
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5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Tahoe Deathfall 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
ACM More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable whodunnit with interesting characters.  I'm looking forward to reading more from this series.
JoleneS More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series after our Tahoe vacation this summer.  I have now read all 9 books on my Nook and can't wait for Tahoe Trap to go on Nook  You will love the characters, especially Spot, Owen's great dane.  .
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read to date. ALL of this amazing author's work will be a permanent part of my library! All the book's characters are amazingly real..I actually want to look Ownen McKenna up in the phone book if I ever need a PI! Plot is like an old mountain road, lots of twists and turns and bumps. Very well developed, no loose threads left unknotted at the end of this literary tapestry. The author's writing itself is as smooth as a satin ribbon, each description crystal clear, each character fleshed out so thoroughly, they almost walk off the page. It's easy to get lost in the story and feel annoyed when something pulls you back out. This is the first of a series, but each book stands alone as well, they can be read in any order and you will miss nothing of the characters. Very exciting..lots of nail biting, lots of relieved sighs when the danger passes. Oh, heaven was the day when I came across this author..I've never enjoyed reading more. Todd Borg is my hero!!
SarkuraCherryBlossom More than 1 year ago
I loved it, because I couldn't stop reading it once I had started it. can't wait to read the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner until the very end. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good--fast paced
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book was great...very exciting and rea?istic..the last part of the book was too over the top in the rescue/escape/rescue..i will read other books by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written mystery. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love that the author spent the rime to create atmosphere and describe geographicat surroundings. Most enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free Nook book enticed me to read the whole serires. Love the setting, the characters, and the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good story and characters -
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During my last few trips to Tahoe I saw the Todd Borg books. Curiousity got the best of me and had to try them out. I enjoyed this first book of the series, and am on my second. Fun, fast, enjoyable read and it makes you feel like you are in Tahoe again. Todd Borg does a really good job detailing the sites of Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas.
Oldemsr More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book?.... & the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad this is a series because I love the characters. There were a few things about the story that didn't seem realistic but overall it was excellent. Blowup was even better. Can't wait to get the 3rd one.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Owen McKenna is just starting up his private investigation business at Lake Tahoe when Jennifer Salazar walks in and wants to hire him to figure out who murdered her twin sister, Melissa, nine years prior. Jennifer is 14 years old and Owen doesn’t want any legal trouble but has offered to look into the “accident” for Jennifer. At first Owen hears from Jennifer’s Gramma that Jennifer’s mother is in a psychiatric ward and that Jennifer has shown similar behavior. Gramma also admits that she thinks Jennifer pushed her sister off the cliff herself. Things don’t seem to add up so Owen decides to keep helping Jennifer. When they find someone lurking in Jennifer’s house when no one is supposed to be there, Owen decides there is a lot more to going on than what is on the surface. At the same time, Street, Owen’s girlfriend, is a forensic entomologist that has been called in to look at a body that has been found severely decomposed. There is also the missing caretaker, Sam. It’s convenient that he was supposed to take care of Jennifer and now his is missing. There is also the high paid lawyer that has had his last two wives accidentally die and he inherits large amounts of money. I loved this book. Owen is a strong character and I just love Spot, I wish I had a dog like him. There were great plot twists and a really surprising ending. This was a quick read of 255 pages but it left me wanting more. I will definitely be getting the rest of Todd Borg’s books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent addition to the genre with hints of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and a bit of the daring do of Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
DebbaD More than 1 year ago
Very often, in fact most of the time, I can figure out the "who done it" and other nuances of a book...surprisingly (and happily so) not the case with Deathfall. I have now read all the "Owen McKenna" (and Spot too) books, except Tahoe Hijack (waiting for it to be on the Nook list). They are well written, keep your interest and quite enjoyable to read. Just as enjoyable...all the places from Sacramento to Minden/Reno etc. that are here where we live, making you want to shout "I been there, I live there" haha
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Moma_T More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read that kept you interested. You didn't guess half way through who done it... The stuff about Tahoe was accurate, I just had breakfast at the Red Hut which is were we saw the book.