FBI agent extraordinaire, Steve Nielsen, begins his journey to expand beyond his dedication to his career and become the fuller man he desires to be. He has never left a case unsolved and never missed bringing the perpetrators to justice. He is tough and his standards are high, although even after more than 35 years with the Bureau he maintains an aura of idealism. Working on what are to become his last cases, a child prostitution ring and drug trafficking enterprise, he meets the alluring career executive, Ivy Littleton, when he seeks leads on a case. Even though they get started in a confrontational manner, Ivy quickly realizes that while Steve may be brash and demanding, his goals are to be admired. As their lives come together, Ivy witnesses the danger and challenges of Steve's world. She becomes drawn into working with him and his team of three dedicated agents to chase down the perpetrators, finding herself and Steve in deadly situations.
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Jayne Menard long desired to write fiction, but as a corporate executive, too little time was in each day to turn her thoughts and daydreams into stories. Painting novels in the colors of nature to provide texture and context to situations and characters has now become her focus. She resides on the stunningly beautiful and rugged Oregon coast and has a devilishly playful Pembroke Welsh Corgi to lure her out for walks. She has published the first book in the planned Spook Hills trilogy, Old Growth and Ivy, with the second book of the trilogy, New Growth and Native Roots, due out early in 2016. The final novel of the series is planned for 2017 and will be called Noble Firs. Jayne Menard is a blogger, writer and photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. Her photography concentrates on villages and landscapes in Europe and other scenic locations. It is featured under the catch-phrase Places that Speak.Review:
" . . . this is a story sure to entertain romantic-suspense fans, as well as anyone seeking a peek behind the scenes at the workings of the FBI."
"In this romantic suspense novel, two high-powered professionals who have given up everything for their jobs, hope to re-balance their lives in retirement. "
-- Blue Ink Reviews, August, 2015
Old Growth and Ivy will engage those looking for a thriller that also sweetly celebrates love.
Jayne Menard's romantic crime drama Old Growth and Ivy, the first in a trilogy, juxtaposes heart-pounding shootouts with warmhearted relationships that emphasize the importance of human connection.
-- Foreword Reviews/Clarion Review, August, 2015
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Book Description Jayne Menard, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0692476377