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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (February 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820627
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A great read. Speart has created a new genre--the wildlife mystery thriller--and I love them.” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

“Rachel Porter is a wonderfully appealing character.” (Ken Goddard, director of a federal wildlife crime lab and New York Timesbestselling author of Balefire)

“Rachel Porter is a good mix of New York streetwise and guts.” (Randezvous)

“Humorous and deadly, drawing the reader in only to twist around and entangle us in a lethal plot.” (The Charlotte Austin Review)

“Jessica Speart is a revitalizing gust...in a stuffy room.” (Nevada Barr)

“Speart tells us why we ought to care about endangered species--and provides a rattling good yarn.” (Boston Globe)

“Takes readers to all sorts of interesting places. She has a real flair for bringing colorful characters to life.” (Connecticut Post)

“A highly enjoyable series...enough outdoor excitement to keep many campfires burning.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A KILLING SEASON is an incredibly strong mystery...Speart makes nature its own character.” (I Love a Mystery)

“One of the best contemporary mystery writers.” (Connecticut Post)

“[A] page turner...This is one righteous sleuth who should be at the top of your list.” (Mystery Scene)

About the Author

Jessica Speart has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Omni, Travel & Leisure, Audubon, National Wildlife, Mother Jones, Wildlife Conservation, Earth Journal and any other publications. She lives in Easton, Conneticut.

More About the Author

I began as an investigative journalist with a focus on wildlife law enforcement, endangered species issues, and the environment. I created my sleuth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent Rachel Porter, after years of investigating wildlife and drug trafficking crimes for publications such as The New York Sunday Times Magazine, National Wildlife, Travel & Leisure, Mother Jones, Audubon, Wildllife Conservation, Animals, and E Magazine.

Then something strange happened. I discovered that truth really IS stranger than fiction. I learned about a 3 year undercover operation that resulted in the arrest of the world's most notorious butterfly smuggler. The story was so dark and twisted that I was fascinated by it. But I didn't stop there. I decided I had to meet the smuggler, himself. That's when my book, WINGED OBSESSION, took on a totally unexpected element.

Prior to writing, I worked as an actress on everything from off-Broadway to commercials, industrials, and soap operas.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on October 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rachel Porter is an U. S. Fish and Wildlife Agent. She has once again been relocated to another god-forsaken place because of her hot temper. This time she's working in Georgia's steaming coastal swampland.
In an attempt to put her personal life in order, Jake Santou got transferred to Savannah by the FBI so that they could try living together. They are working on commitment, but she's still not ready for marriage.
Rachel gives Clark Williams, former Undersecretary of Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks a ticket for shooting clapper rail birds from a running motor boat. He gets it withdrawn. She is fit to be tied! And, this is just the beginning of her troubles.
Gary Fletcher, Fish and Wildlife containment specialist, brings to her attention that Wendell Holmes is operating an illegal manatee water park. These mammals are dying in alarming numbers and no one knows why. She is determined to shut it down before anymore die. Then people begin dying and things turn toxic.
As she begins investigating, she discovers a tangled web tying everyone and everything together. Now if she can just untangle the web before any more manatees or people die.
The only constant characters in this series are Rachel, Jake and Terri, her cross-dressing friend from New Orleans. But, they aren't in every book. I think one of the things I like most about this series is the fact that there is a new boss and a landlady/landlord to get to know in each book because she is in a new location. But she always butts heads with her boss and often her landlady/landlord are older. She comes up with some of the most unique characters for her books.
You must read this book, I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next one.
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By K. Bell on June 15, 2008
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I found myself getting annoyed with the main character. This is the only book of the series that I have read and right now I do not plan on reading others. It was hard to like the main character.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobbrun on March 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This would have been a five star book if it had not been for the repetitive use of "for crissakes". The first few times caused me to chuckle. Then,everyone used the expression at least 10 times, and our heroine used it probably 50-60 times. Gee, what happened to the good old "F" word? Surely it could have been thrown in a few times. Other than that gripe, it was very good read as has been all of the others Ms. Speart has written. Her books always make me want to visit the area Rachel has found herself.
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