When private eye John Denson travels to Washington State to clear a client of a small-time marijuana charge, he finds himself in the midst of a turf war between the mighty logging industry and the imperiled spotted owl. When a spotted owl is found murdered--strangled, to be precise--Denon's sometime partner Willie Prettybird, a Cowlitz Indian, thinks that the Spirit AnimalWhen private eye John Denson travels to Washington State to clear a client of a small-time marijuana charge, he finds himself in the midst of a turf war between the mighty logging industry and the imperiled spotted owl. When a spotted owl is found murdered--strangled, to be precise--Denon's sometime partner Willie Prettybird, a Cowlitz Indian, thinks that the Spirit Animals want Denson to investigate the killing. That's when things start to get cosmic. First the Corpus Deecti is misplaced...then the beautiful Jennie Maclvar of the Fish and Wildlife Service, who was determined to fin the killer, is murdered...One thing's for certain: this is much more complicated than a simple marijuana case. In fact, Denson may be the next victim.......
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This is a well-detailed layered mystery, looking at the destruction of old forest in Washington State. The PI involved is up here looking into a couple accused of stashing marijuana plants in their shack; they claim it's a plant. The other kind of plant. When the PI Denson helps a stranded driver he strikes up a brief relationship with her; Jennie McIvar is a scientist up here to count spotted owls. The owls need the timber to nest, and are supposedly scarce, but there is some doubt about the numbers. Quite a few people have motive for murder because tensions are high in the district. What the local women think we don't much hear, except for a Native lady who at one point is written into a gratuitous naked scene. Otherwise this lady Donna Cowapoo is a strong character. A murder or two follow, and the local tribe is angered as well as friends of the deceased.The local men are gung-ho for felling trees, because they earn money doing this, and the sawmills earn money milling it to lumber. But the old stand Douglas firs - modern reference, 'Twilight' trees, older reference, 'Twin Peaks', are about six hundred years old, sprouted when Europe had the Black Death. They support particular creatures and varieties of owl. Replanted trees are felled at seventy or eighty years, so when the old ones are gone, they are gone. The local eejits want to kill off the owls if needs be, but the real blame for the loss of jobs, pointed out by just one person, is that private foresters sell timber direct to Japan (today it would also be China) and it is shipped as trunks, not milled in America. The Asians mill it cheaper with cheap labour and they have an unending need for wood, using up everyone else's forests.The sides of the story are well shown and the dangers are not exaggerated, plus the hardened PI is not such a tough guy as he likes to portray. I thought this an excellent read.
#5 in the John Denson series.John Denson series - Stands of centuries-old Douglas firs in Washington State signify safe nesting spots to spotted owls, livelihood to local loggers and big profit to property owners. John Denson is investigating a trumped-up marijuana-growing charge against a young couple in the town of Sixkiller when his Native American assistant, shaman Willie Prettybird, convinces him to represent the ``animal people'' (magic spirits of his tribe) after a spotted owl is found with its neck wrung. Denson agrees, mostly because he was a little in love with a recent murder victim, a young female ecologist who'd come to town to measure the spotted owl population. The plot also involves an upcoming sheriff's election, a handsome but insane wildlife photographer named Adonis and an intricate scam requiring the importing of owls from other states.
Mystery set in Washington State at the height of the logging controversy. A PI in town on another matter gets involved in trying to solve the murder of an ornithologist. I was surprised at all the humor in the novel...I don't often laugh when I read, but there were some really funny scenes. The actual mystery was a bit contrived, but a fun read overall.