Clear Cut Murder (Frank Carver & Ginny Trask Mysteries)

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When an activist group gathers to prevent the sale of land to big timber company, Trask and Carver fight to keep the peace between the two sides while investigating the murder of the town's prodigal son. Reprint.

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A skillful blend of environmental issues and gripping suspense is again in evidence as the two amateur detectives Wallingford introduced in Cold Tracks collaborate on another case. This time, forest service employee Ginny Trask and her boss, former police detective Frank Carver, are faced with the death of environmentalist professor Ward Tomasovic, shot after he returns home from a speech in Washington, D.C., in which he implied that loggers and environmentalists should work together in addressing the issue of clear cutting, i.e., cutting back and setting fire to an overgrown area of trees to produce new wildlife habitats. Ward's onetime lover, Earth Action! leader Rachel Davis, is angered by his betrayal. At Ward's memorial, she vows that Earth Action! will protest the latest ruling on a government land sale to Charlie Zellers, a lumber baron who years earlier had run Ward out of town for wanting to marry his daughter. Busy with another murder, the local sheriff leaves the investigation of Ward's murder to Frank, Ginny and a motley assortment of untrained Forest Service personnel. Hampered by his untrained crew, Frank delves into Ward's past to find the link to his killing. Readers will come away from this smartly told story with a better understanding of the heated issue of clear-cutting.
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A second outing for Neskansie National Forest security officer Frank Carver and ranger Ginny Trask (Cold Tracks, 1991), this time gearing up for trouble when Charlie Zeller's right to clear-cut the Burnt Meadows area is approved by the courts--and when trouble quickly arrives with radical environmentalists Alan Breckenbridge and Rachel Davis, as well as dozens of Earth Action! members. Ward Tomasovic, a former comrade now working with Washington lawmakers to effect compromises between the warring sides, is also on hand- -and shot dead after his reasoned speechmaking. Whodunit? Alan hated him for having an affair with Rachel; Rachel despised him for dumping her; and Zeller, who 20 years back broke up Ward's romance with his daughter Debbie (a romance just lately rekindled), was the last person to see Ward alive. Then Alan is murdered, and Zeller confesses that Ward was his illegitimate son--and that he'd recently deeded the former Ney family holdings to him. More past history concerning the Neys comes to light--before Ginny must shoot to kill to wrap up the case. Lots of description of tree-spiking, clear-cutting, slash-and- burning, etc., and a deepening May-December romance for Ginny and Frank--but flawed by a flimsy plot and wispy, clich‚d characters. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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