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Whoo?
     

Whoo?

by Richard Hoyt
 

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When private eye John Denson travels to Washington State to clear a client of a small-time marijuana charge, he finds himself in the midst of a turf war between the mighty logging industry and the imperiled spotted owl. When a spotted owl is found murdered—strangled, to be precise—Denon's sometime partner Willie Prettybird, a Cowlitz Indian, thinks that

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When private eye John Denson travels to Washington State to clear a client of a small-time marijuana charge, he finds himself in the midst of a turf war between the mighty logging industry and the imperiled spotted owl. When a spotted owl is found murdered—strangled, to be precise—Denon's sometime partner Willie Prettybird, a Cowlitz Indian, thinks that the Spirit Animals want Denson to investigate the killing. That's when things start to get cosmic. First the Corpus Deecti is misplaced...then the beautiful Jennie Maclvar of the Fish and Wildlife Service, who was determined to fin the killer, is murdered...

One thing's for certain: this is much more complicated than a simple marijuana case. In fact, Denson may be the next victim....

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Hoyt has a fresh, invigorating style that grabs the reader immediately. He is a master."—The New York Times

"Dick Hoyt...is one of the hottest mystery and suspense novelist to come down the gun barrel in a decade....There are few writers today so consistently and eminently readable."—Oregon magazine

"John Denson, private eye, qualifies as one of the lustiest, nastiest, least philosophical, and maybe brightest—eventually—in the trade."--Los Angeles Times

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stands of centuries-old Douglas firs in Washington State signify safe nesting spots to spotted owls, livelihood to local loggers and big profit to property owners in Hoyt's latest mystery featuring PI John Denson ( Fish Story ). The gritty gumshoe is investigating a trumped-up marijuana-growing charge against a young couple in the town of Sixkiller when his Native American assistant, shaman Willie Prettybird, convinces him to represent the ``animal people'' (magic spirits of his tribe) afer a spotted owl is found with its neck wrung. Denson agrees, mostly because he was a little in love with a recent murder victim, a young female ecologist who'd come to town to measure the spotted owl population. Hoyt's complicated plot involves an upcoming sheriff's election, a handsome but insane wildlife photographer named Adonis and an intricate scam requiring the importing of owls from other states. Suspense is impeded by macho humor and more information on the characters' food consumption than readers could possibly care about. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The Pacific Northwest hosts John Denson and his Native American associate once again as they jump into the movement to save the spotted owl from the logging industry. On his way to Sixkiller, Washington on a case PI Denson plays good Samaritan to a fetching ornithologist involved in the owl conflict there. Devastated by her murder the next day, Denson resolves to find her killer, as well as to clear his clients of raising marijuana. Denson's independent, clear-headed, humorous, and compassionate spirit makes him a most sympathetic hero as he deals with Indians, loggers, and conservationists alike. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812512762
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2000
Series:
John Denson Mysteries Series , #5
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hoyt, a graduate of the University of Oregon, is a former fellow of the Washington Journalism Center and holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Hawaii. He served as U.S. army counterintelligence agent, wrote for daily newspapers in Honolulu, and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism at the University of Maryland and at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Or.

Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense including two under the pseudonym of Nicholas van Pelt. 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 the Philippines.

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