Should an Eagle Fall (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

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After rancher Caleb Starr mistakenly shoots and kills a bald eagle, an act that was witnessed and videotaped by the ambitious Marsh Wheelan, who uses the event to further his own agenda with the radical environemental group RUN FREE and ruin Caleb's life.

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Near the start of this flawed if sometimes eloquent suspense novel from Hodgson (The Man Who Killed Shakespeare), Texas rancher Caleb Starr mistakenly shoots and kills a bald eagle released by a radical environmental group that was supported mostly by affluent movie stars and recording artists. Unfortunately for Starr, the shooting is witnessed (and videotaped) by evil, ambitious Marsh Wheelan, who uses the episode to glorify himself and smear Starr. Starr's friends and neighbors in Lone Wolf, Tex., support him in his struggle with the lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats who pass and enforce unnecessary laws as well as the media people who inflame and distort cases like Starr's. Meanwhile, Starr's life starts to crumble as collateral damage hits those close to him. Hodgson's compelling scenario of a good man fighting big government will resonate with many readers, though others will find that the over-the-top villain undermines the message. (May)
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When Caleb Starr, a rancher in small-town Texas, sees a hawk diving toward his chickens, he does what any rancher would do: he shoots it. Oops: that’s no hawk, that’s a bald eagle. And who’s that in the helicopter behind the eagle? None other than Marsh Wheelan, who’s that most dangerous of people: a radical environmentalist who also happens to be a genius computer hacker. And when he decides to ruin Caleb, his smear campaign includes planting bogus information about him in law-enforcement databases. How can one harmless rancher hope to protect himself against a crazed fanatic like Wheelan? This is a very entertaining novel—a fine mixture of thriller and dark comedy. Hodgson handles his spectacle very nicely (imagine multiple government agencies and environmental groups all stampeding toward this small town) while keeping us involved with his characters and their stories. Very well done. --David Pitt

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