Death in the Pines : An Oakley Tyler Novel
Overview - After closing his private investigation firm and moving to a small cabin in the Vermont woods, Oakley Tyler can finally begin his retirement. But his peace is interrupted when Jeremiah Smith visits and asks the ex-PI to help him stop unidentified men from killing his grandson, a local newspaper reporter. Read more...
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After closing his private investigation firm and moving to a small cabin in the Vermont woods, Oakley Tyler can finally begin his retirement. But his peace is interrupted when Jeremiah Smith visits and asks the ex-PI to help him stop unidentified men from killing his grandson, a local newspaper reporter. Tyler is reluctant to take the case, wishing to get back to a life of leisure, but when Smith is killed in a hit-and-run car accident, Tyler is convinced someone has silenced the old man to protect a secret. Delving into the mystery, Tyler finds himself investigating the world of genetic engineering and its potentially devastating impact on the environment. And after enduring numerous attempts on his life, Tyler begins to wonder if he ll live long enough to bring the killer to justice."
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Talk show host Hartmann (The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It and other works of nonfiction) highlights his concerns about genetic engineering in his debut mystery, which suffers from a heavy-handed execution of its tired premise, clunky chunks of scientific exposition, and a lazy pace. Jeremiah Smith, an elderly forester, tries to persuade Oakley Tyler, an Atlanta PI who has retired to the Vermont woods, to find out who’s threatening his environmental reporter grandson, Jerry. Shortly after his visit to Oakley, Jeremiah is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run. Meanwhile, a mysterious buckskin-clad woman keeps appearing unbidden at Oakley’s cabin. A saccharine romanticism about Native American wisdom about the Earth and an attraction subplot that fails to go anywhere interesting don’t help. Though the subtitle suggests this is the first in a series, few will be tempted to return for another installment. Agency: Waterside Productions. (Jan.)