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Legal and medical thrillers, detective fiction, and spy stories
Publication Date: 1996-08-01
Belgian Luc Chatelan, a security officer for the EC General Directorate, discovers a secret shipment of toxic chemicals while interrogating an Iranian arms merchant. Quick action temporarily derails a scheme to poison the Czech water supply, but Chatelan, with the help of his computer-savvy secretary, learns that the attempted poisoning was but a small step in a campaign to foster war and disorder in Eastern Europe and to see Germany emerge as the dominant power in a united Europe.
Actual Innocence by
Publication Date: 2001-01-02
To clear the name of his former lover, Sarah Trant, a convicted murderer on death row, attorney Greg Monarch journeys to a seemingly idyllic California community where his investigations uncover an evil web of long-hidden deception and secrets.
Star Island by
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
Publishers Weekly: The career of singer Cheryl Bunterman (aka Cherry Pye), who debuted with Jailbait Records at age 15, is foundering due to her lack of talent and indiscriminate appetite for drugs, booze, and sex in this outrageous, offbeat novel from Hiaasen (Nature Girl). Among those struggling to keep Cherry's career afloat are her mother, Janet Bunterman; producer Maury Lykes; and "undercover stunt double" Ann DeLusia, who will, say, mislead the press into thinking Cherry is out and about when she's really in rehab. Hiaasen has easy targets in misbehaving celebrity sightings, tabloid stalkings, and spin control experts, and he makes the most of them. Crooked real estate developer Jackie Sebago and paparazzo Bang Abbott, who plans to hitch his wagon to Cherry's star, add to the madcap fun. Mayhem follows after Bang kidnaps Ann instead of Cherry by mistake, and ex-Florida governor and eco-vigilante Clinton "Skink" Tyree, who was smitten with Ann after a chance encounter, rushes to her rescue. The torrent of pop culture barbs are bound to please Hiaasen's ardent fans. 500,000 first printing; 12-city author tour.
Skinny Dip by
Publication Date: 2005-06-02
Doctoring water samples to help his corrupt agribusiness employer continue illegal dumping in the Everglades, biologist Chaz Perrone attempts to murder his wife, who has figured out his scam and who survives to plot her husband’s downfall. Most of Hiaasen’s books have strong environmental themes and prominently feature the Florida Everglades.
Southern Fried by
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
Avery Andrews has just been downsized from her job at a law office in a North Carolina city and has returned to her small hometown to lick her wounds and consider, with hesitation, trying to set up a law practice there. She quickly picks up a client or two. Immediately, the company building owned by one of her newfound clients is destroyed by arson, and the person whose body is found inside was quite possibly murdered. Meanwhile, an old high school classmate has told the entire county that he is hopelessly in love with Avery and makes several attempts at spectacular suicides to get her attention, each one of them carefully set up not to work. All in all, Avery finds that small-town life is not nearly so dull as she feared. And sometimes wishes it were.
Countdown in Alaska by
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Veteran narcotics agent Sean Ryan thinks his career is over when he is transferred to the Environmental Crime Unit of the FBI. He is teamed up with Juliana Del Rio, an arrogant and stubborn EPA investigator, who has little field experience. Posing as husband and wife, they must try to overcome their differences and limitations on their first assignment of gathering evidence of toxic dumping in Alaska. Other book in the series is The Case of the Toxic Cruiseline.
Falling into Green by
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
As an ecopsychologist, Dr. Esmeralda Green is skilled at solving the mysteries of the mind, especially if they collide with the laws of nature. But when a body is found below the crumbling cliffs near her Los Angeles home, she is pulled back in time to a tragedy that defies all understanding.
When a young girl is murdered at the same cliff that took the life of her best childhood friend, Ez suspects the two are connected — and, having always lived up to her ecological name, she has learned to trust her intuition and the cues that the natural world can offer. In fact, from her hybrid car to her organic diet, Ez is living a sustainable life in every way — except for the man she’s falling in love with, an attractive TV news reporter who drives, of all things, a Hummer.
Publication Date: 2005-07-01
At the peak of a high-powered corporate career, Mark Grant enjoys position, prestige, and a loving family. His world is shaken when he abruptly loses the job that has been the focus of his life. He starts anew as the owner of a small but profitable landscape business and—just when he seems to have regained his balance—discovers that the company he owns is part of a vast network that threatens not only his livelihood, but the very lives of his family, friends, and countless other innocent victims. He begins to collect evidence of illegally dumped biohazardous waste to present to the Department of Environmental Health, but the risk of exposing the illicit activity intensifies when the criminals threaten his daughter’s life.
Death in a Strange Country by
Publication Date: 2008-12-30
Aggressively investigating an American’s murder in tranquil Venice despite his superior’s order to keep things clean and quiet, Commissario Guido Brunetti finds himself knee-deep in a toxic waste cover-up with political ties.
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Sam McCall never anticipated murder when he worked for Utah state senator Maggie Hansen. Now, in her bid for one last term of office, a sensational murder rocks the campaign. Environmentalist Steve Tate is shot, and the senator's caustic brother is the prime suspect. Sam's primary objective is to get to the truth before his candidate loses the election in the fallout of suspicion and scandal.
Dead and Buried by
Publication Date: 2003-03-25
Jewish private detective Benny Cooperman is hired by the widow of Jack Dowden to investigate the death of her truck-driver husband and finds himself uncovering dirty dealings, including illegal toxic waste dumping and murder, at the Kinross Disposals Company.
Creole Belle by
Publication Date: 2012-07-17
When last seen in The Glass Rainbow, the previous book in the Dave Robicheaux series, Robicheaux was recovering in a New Orleans hospital from a near-fatal bullet wound. Immobilized and heavily medicated by morphine, he was visited there by a beautiful Creole woman named Tee Jolie Melton. After she's gone, his fond, hazy remembrances of her are rekindled by one song, "Creole Belle" on the iPod that she left behind. Now obsessed by the song and thoughts of her, he goes in search of her. He finds instead the frozen corpse of her sister floating at sea. As he grapples with that mystery, an oil rig explodes on the Gulf threatening the cherished environs of the bayous. Robicheaux then swings into action, leading the charge against the destruction of both the land and the people he has sworn to protect.
Bones of Coral by
Publication Date: 2004-08-31
Returning to Key West to investigate the death of his estranged father, Miami paramedic Shaw Chandler uncovers evidence linking a twenty-year-old double murder with a father-son team of experts in the art of illegal disposal of biochemical weapons.
Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean by
Publication Date: 1995-08-30
West Coast private investigator Jeri Howard becomes involved in business sabotage, wildlife mutilation, and murder, in a complicated case of environmental intrigue.
Infected Be the Air by
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Struggling to cope with her failed marriage, Alice Bertram investigates the deaths of her ex-husband Max, his girlfriend Bev, and Bev’s young son, a case that becomes complicated by threats, high-level political intrigue, and murder.
Publication Date: 1992-12-01
Asked to witness the autopsy of an elderly Cherokee man who died unexpectedly in his nursing home, Native American Advocacy League investigator Molly Bearpaw discovers that the dead man’s heart has been stolen.
The Appeal by
Publication Date: 2012-01-31
Wall street millionaire Carl Trudeau purchases an unsuspecting Mississippi State Supreme Court judge candidate when a lower court rules against one of his chemical companies for dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply causing a cancer cluster.
The Pelican Brief by
Publication Date: 2010-01-05
In suburban Georgetown, a killer’s Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day, America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her.
The Litigators by
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
NoveList: Ruthie Bergstrom, a beautiful young mother, develops a mysterious neurological illness. Is it a coincidence that she lives near an abandoned gas station where an experimental biological product has been used for environmental cleanup? Dillon Love, a spirited young lawyer, takes on the largest law firm in Minnesota on her behalf. How far will he go for his client?
A River Out of Eden by
Publication Date: 2002-07-09
On a night of torrential rain, a warrior appears near the Colombia River, where the Chinook people thrived before the hydroelectric dams came and changed their entire way of life. He has come to reclaim the river, to return it to its original majesty. Soon after, government employees are found murdered with elaborate harpoons. As the body count grows, Francine Smohalla, a government marine biologist of Chinook and white descent, embarks on her own investigation of the bizarre murders.
Publication Date: 2003-06-01
Publishers Weekly: A third-generation rancher goes up against a corporate behemoth in this eloquent if preachy novel by Holt (Montana Fly-Fishing Guide ; Coyote Nowhere—In Search of America's Last Frontier ). Joe Graves is a self-sufficient loner born on a stormy night in the back of a pick-up truck. For decades, his family has struggled to survive in arid southeastern Montana, becoming intimately acquainted with the land and its fauna. When the nefarious and aptly named Dark Star corporation comes nosing around the Graves property, Joe discovers that his father sold the family's mineral rights before he died, and Dark Star is now interested in strip-mining the ranch for coal.
A Killing Frost by
Publication Date: 1998-04-27
A woman hires private investigator Ron Slade to find her missing fiancé, but the case soon turns from a hunt for an undocumented worker to an investigation of unauthorized toxic waste disposal.
The Tourist Trail by
Publication Date: 2010-06-20
Biologist Angela Haynes is accustomed to dark, lonely nights as one of the few humans at a penguin research station in Patagonia. She has grown used to the cries of penguins before dawn, to meager supplies and housing, to spending most of her days in one of the most remote regions on earth. What she isn't used to is strange men washing ashore, which happens one day on her watch.
The man won't tell her his name or where he came from, but Angela, who has a soft spot for strays, tends to him, if for no other reason than to protect her birds and her work. When she later learns why he goes by an alias, why he is a refugee from the law, and why he is a man without a port, she begins to fall in love-and embarks on a journey that takes her deep into Antarctic waters, and even deeper into the emotional territory she thought she'd left behind.
The Glass Factory by
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
When street-smart Latina cop Filomena "Fil" Buscarsela investigates a glass factory in a rundown New York City neighborhood, she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous case involving toxic dumping, crooked politicians, and murder.
Publication Date: 1993-08-15
Harry Lightstone -- Fish and Wildlife undercover cop -- never dreamed he'd have to fight an all-out guerilla war single-handedly. But then he met a bloody band of industrialist, financiers and sadistic assassins, bent on destroying the environmental movement. From Yellowstone to the Everglades to Alaska's arctic wastes, these killers pursue Harry and his girl. If they catch them, hell will follow.
Double Blind by
Publication Date: 1998-12-15
Henry Lightstone, the Fish and Wildlife Service's top undercover agent, has been sent with his team on a sting operation to the Pacific Northwest. Posing as corrupt animal smugglers looking to bag some illegal game, they are hoping to bag some illegal gamers.He'll have a lot of obstacles cross his path: a crooked congressman, a ruthless coalition of industrialists, a traitorous Army Ranger hunter-killer team team, and a band of crazy, gun-toting, right-wing woodsmen, to name a few.
With Malicious Intent by
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Hard working lawyer Rebecca Boudreaux never suspected that a simple lawsuit to stop polluters would make Louisiana’s Cancer Alley erupt with intrigue, mayhem, and even murder.
NUKES: Julie Eco-Cop #1 by
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
Meet Juliana Del Rio...During her day job at the EPA, she's just a regular bureaucrat "lab rat" that craves real adventure and excitement in her life. Her real burning passion has always been to get into law enforcement. Luckily Juliana gets her break by working with the FBI as a consultant helping them identify and solve crimes. In New York City, Juliana teams up with Sean Ryan, a stubborn, over-the-hill chauvinistic ex-nark who drinks on the job and could care less about environmental crimes like ocean dumping. Right off the bat, Sean doesn't think highly of Juliana as an agent or "woman cop", yet they end up being teamed to pose as a husband and wife on a cruise to Alaska to catch a crooked boat captain from ocean dumping. Besides the friction between Juliana and Sean, things become a lot more serious when they discover there's a lot more going on than dumping dry cleaning fluid into the ocean.
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
A novel on eco-terrorism featuring Gabe Cervantes who bombs enterprises polluting the sea off Florida. At the receiving end is Emma Tooke, a woman from his past who is now an executive with one of the polluting enterprises.
Snakewater Affair by
Publication Date: 2004-07-01
Something is fishy at Brick Termain Enterprises, a local mining company, and Spider Latham has been hired to figure it out. Did the regional manager run off, or did something more sinister happen to him?
Cape Perdido by
Publication Date: 2006-07-01
Environmentalists and residents of Cape Perdido, a lumber town turned vacation resort, fight against out-of-state, out-of-country “waterbaggers”, Aqueduct Systems (AS). Opposed to the harvesting of the Perdido River's waters are Joseph Openshaw, an environmental activist who has returned to his hometown; Steph Pace, his old flame; Curtis Hope, an ecologist and Pomo Indian; and Timothy McNear, who has been intimidated into selling his mill, once the town's main employer, to AS. As the four struggle to stop AS, ugly truths about themselves and their town are uncovered.
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
Publisher's Weekly: Glass's debut, an anxiety-inducing thriller about global warming, effectively taps a hot topic and handles it with flair. In 2032, vast regions of America's coast—Florida, Texas, California—are underwater. Catastrophic hurricanes regularly sweep through the South. Much of the West has been without rainfall for years, as wildfires rage. More than 25 million people face relocation to higher ground, where new cities must be created. The newly elected U.S. president, Joe Benton, frustrated with the failed Kyoto Treaty process, proposes radical solutions worldwide, with devastating economic consequences. When the earth's greatest polluter, China, won't go along with the deal and escalates the argument to the nuclear level, the narrative shifts into overdrive. A contrived conclusion and passages belaboring the machinations of government and its various bureaucrats are the only weaknesses in what is otherwise a compelling tale of environmental doom. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 9, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 6, p32)
The Kenai Catastrophe by
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
In the wilderness of Alaska, the rich and abundant salmon runs are being damaged at an alarming rate. Excess sedimentation to the streams of the Kenai Peninsula threatens not only the salmon’s continued existence, but also the multitude of people whose economy is dependent upon the annual salmon spawning runs up the tributaries of the Kenai River. The Phoenix Environmental Research Institute (PERI) sends one of its best aquatic biologists, Dr. Chad Gunnings, to investigate this wild corner of North America. When members of the Warrior Society attack Chad and his associates at the Anchorage airport, a native para-military organization, they know that something very secretive is behind the problems in the Kenai.
Blue Water, Blue Island by
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
The coral reefs around Hawaii are being threatened by the activities of a secret enterprise attempting to tap into the extensive heat pockets of the earth's core for unethical reasons. Dr. Chad Gunnings, an aquatic ecologist with the Phoenix Environmental Research Institute, teams with a marine biologist Hawaii, and an anthropologist from Alaska to investigate the accelerated fatality of the coral. The three scientists face dangers from denizens of the reefs, a ruthless fanatic, and a mysterious woman with unprecedented skills in martial arts.
State of Fear by
Publication Date: 2009-04-28
BookList: Crichton’s novels often tackle cutting-edge technology and its implementation, but his latest addresses an issue that’s been around for a bit longer: global warming. Millionaire George Morton is about to donate $10 million to the National Environmental Research Fund (NERF) when he suddenly decides against it. His lawyer, Peter Evans, is as surprised as anyone and is drawn into a web of intrigue after Morton’s car careens off the road and Morton is presumed dead. Just before his “death,” Morton was in contact with Dr. John Kenner, a researcher at the Center for Risk Analysis, who opposes NERF’s agenda and presents Evans with some startling evidence about global warming. With Evans and Morton’s assistant, Sarah, in tow, Kenner travels to Antarctica, where he learns that a group of environmental extremists are planning several attacks of environmental terror to convince the world of impending ecological disaster. The thrills in Crichton’s latest are interspersed with fascinating but occasionally dense ecological facts and data, but he backs his assertions about the unpredictability of climate change with copious research and footnotes. Perhaps his most serious and important book yet. -- Kristine Huntley (BookList, 01-01-2005, p783)
Publication Date: 2003-09-30
Dr. Matt Rutledge is convinced that the coal-mining company in his West Virginia hometown of Belinda is responsible for the gross skin abnormalities and dementia he’s seen in some of Belinda’s townsfolk. But pathologist Nikki Solari isn’t so sure. Things only begin to make sense when the doctors meet Ellen Kroft, who suspects a new super vaccine, soon to be approved for the public, is at fault.
Publication Date: 2007-08-10
Sangamon Taylor, an environmental extremist, sets out to discover the source of dangerously high levels of radiation in the Boston Harbor, teams up with some unlikely types, and battles corruption all the way to the level of a would-be president.
Ill Wind by
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
The ruins of Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park provide a place of solace for Anna Pigeon until their beauty is tainted by death. The main character in this series is a park ranger, so other titles also have environmental themes.
Blood Is Dirt by
Publication Date: 2004-07-05
Sent to West Africa to recover two million dollars, debt collector Bruce Medway is already neck deep in intrigue and violence before his client’s seductive daughter takes a romantic interest in him.
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
When the family of a research physician succumbs to a fiendishly virulent disease, he becomes an outcast from the medical establishment, but determines to search for a cure for his daughter’s leukemia.
The Wise Pelican by
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
When the governor is assassinated, the new governor appoints a new, corporation-friendly head of the Department of Environmental Quality. A hastily issued permit to build the largest hazardous waste disposal facility in the world sets in motion a series of events that has investigator Peter LeBlanc uncovering how deep and hazardous the corruption has gone.
Publication Date: 2000-11-01
Divorce lawyer Harry Frazer stalks a group of murderous criminals intent on destroying the shoreline of his beloved Scottish village, and his hunt leads him through London, Rotterdam, Geneva, and Antwerp.
Blood Shot by
Publication Date: 1989-05-01
V.I. Warshawski isn’t crazy about going back to her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promise is something she always keeps. Caroline, a childhood friend, has a dying mother and a problem -- after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find the father she never knew. But when V.I. starts probing into the past, she not only finds out where all the bodies are buried -- she stumbles onto a very new corpse. Now she’s stirring up a deadly mix of big business and chemical corruption that may become a toxic shock to a snooper who knows too much.
Pacific Beat by
Publication Date: 1992-05-15
Ex-cop Jim Weir thought he’d seen it all during his years on the force. That is until he saw the body of his sister Annie, brutally used by a monster in human form, then carelessly discarded. When Weir learns that the only witness swore the killer made his escape in a Newport Beach squad car, his disbelief turns to confusion and outrage. Now the anguished Weir is on the killer’s trail, looking for answers among his former colleagues, but he’s going up against a solid wall of silent blue. And just out of sight, a fractured shadow of a man watches Jim’s progress with twisted amusement as he waits for his time to come. Illegal dumping is part of the plot.
Arctic Rising by
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
Publishers Weekly: Working from actual U.S. Navy reports, bestseller Buckell (Halo: The Cole Protocol) produces an intimate techno-thriller about an ecological showdown in an ice-free Arctic. Anika Duncan, a U.N. airship pilot, records a radiation signal and is thrust into the hunt for a stolen nuclear weapon. Suspecting a traitor within her own agency, she turns to her contacts inside the Arctic underworld to discover who is introducing tiny airborne mirrors into the polar atmosphere. Weaving among mercenaries, freelance moviemakers, elite military, and megalomaniacal environmentalists, Anika is forced to decide in a hands-on fashion about the ethics of torture and the moral philosophy of geo-engineering. The story moves swiftly and Anika’s inner conflicts are keenly drawn, even as Buckell raises the stakes unbelievably high. Eyebrows may also be raised unbelievably high at the libertarian free-trade ice island at the North Pole, but as a character points out, it does give a nice new meaning for “breakaway republics.” Agent: JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 12, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 50, p)
Silent Justice by
Publication Date: 2001-02-27
The ninth book in the series finds Ben Kincaid taking on a class action suit against the Blaylock Corporation. They are charged with dumping toxic chemicals into the community’s drinking water leading to many children’s untimely deaths. As Ben prepares for the legal battle, many Blaylock employees are fighting for their lives against a sadistic killer. There is a dreadful connection between Ben’s quest for justice and the killer’s quest for his own form of judgment.