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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Mainly Murder Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983682305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983682301
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wrote my first book at the age of five or six. It was called "The Silly Pair of Glasses" and was written in crayon and bound with yarn. This classic has since been lost, but the idea of trying to tell stories has never left. Growing up, a book was an almost magical thing. I remember getting a copy of "Captains Courageous" and quite literally being excited that I was about to be introduced to that wholly unknown and exotic world. I've felt that way about books ever since. I just read Jack Kerouac's "Dharma Bums" and it moved me no less than if I had been a teenager. Of course, I want my own stories to have that same kind of power. I want people to be transported - I want the reader to think they've joined a world they otherwise might have missed. This is important because when you ask someone to read your book, you are asking of them what is most precious, and that is time. You do not want to waste people's time.

I felt that way when I was a newspaper reporter for daily newspapers in New England. It was on the beat that I became more acquainted with the natural rhythms of New England life - and with my own life. When I realized that my future - my economic future - was limited in newspapers I went to work in marketing and public relations. Looking back on it, this almost seems like a cliche. It is a cliche.

In 2007, I started a blog about popular culture, roundtablepictures.com, that is widely read to this day. In 2011, my first novel, "Eagles Fly Alone", was published by Mainly Murder Press. This is not only a unique mystery but also explores one of the great themes in all of my writings, and that is the dynamics of family. "Eagles Fly Alone" looks at how one family, the Calhoun family, can both deeply love and harm itself. There is also a love story at the heart of this book.

I still write for roundtablepictures.com, and am busily finishing the second installment of my Langley Calhoun trilogy, one that I am happy to pursue now that I now "Eagles Fly Alone" has been so warmly received.

I live in an old New England city, Dover, NH.

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Lars Trodson, in his mystery "Eagles Fly Alone", gives us small town New England with all five senses! From setting, to characters, to dialogue it all comes alive and stays with you. I spent Thanksgiving weekend with this book and as my New England family was around me Trodson gave me his fictional family which to me seemed just as real and completely New Hampshire. Every detail from politics, to nature, to emotions kept me turning the page to see what was coming next. A mystery with some nice twists and turns while allowing you to get to know all the characters creating subplots as intersting as the main plot. This book was a great way to spend an evening or two. Let the New England winter come and curl up with this book and a nice fire. I look forward to more of Langley Calhoun and anything else Mr. Trodson pens!
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I love this book!

Mr. Trodson is a patient and perceptive writer with a special ability to create a realistic small-town New England universe. Giving us sincere, engaging characters and allowing their stories to unfold at an hurried, rural pace helps make it a soulful, even soothing read, enlivened by both humanity and humor.

Which is not to say certain sections won't have you perched on the edge of your antique rocking chair.

A little eagle told me there may be a sequel in the works.

I say: Let's go!
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In Lars Trodson's "Eagles Fly Alone" the murder victim is most unusual - a bird! The story opens with Langley Calhoun, the sheriff of a small New England town investigating a murder reported by Antonio, an 80+ war veteran. He'd found a strange bird on his property that had obviously met foul play. Antonio is convinced that the owners of the landfill which borders his property is somehow too blame.

When the bird turns out to be an endangered species of eagle from another part of the world Calhoun's investigation heats up. The town council does not want to upset the largest area employer and Calhoun faces opposition to his investigation. Even from his own brother with whom he's had a lifelong rivalry. He's aided in his investigation by park ranger and potential love interest, Delia.

The plot line of this story was very intriguing and took some unexpected twists. The narrative flows and the suspense builds throughout the book. The characters are well fleshed out and believable. It's a great summer (or anytime) read. I'll be looking for more from Trodson in the future.

4* - Kate Farrell, The Kindle Book Review
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I picked this up because the author is local and a bookstore owner recommended it to me. I had not heard of it but was looking for something fresh, and not knowing the author was unsure what to expect.

Wow, was I pleasantly surprised! I started the book before boarding a plane for a work trip, couldn't put it down and had it finished in a few short days. I passed the book on to a friend who had the same feedback. It was a great combination of intellectual thriller, but at a pace that suited the story appropriately and really fit the tone of the small town environment. The writing was very well done and allowed you to vanish into the world of the story, and left you wanting to read more about the characters.

Looking forward to the next book from this author! Dear Lars if you are reading, in the next book it would be great if you fleshed out the storyline with Langley's children or accounted for his behavior there in some way. That was the only piece that felt a tiny bit out of synch with the rest of the plot.
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Once you start EAGLES FLY ALONE you may as well give up thinking of anything else until you reach the last page . Even then, you will re-read some portions of this wonderful book .... Lovely , sentive treatment of varied subjects are rendered with tenderness and care ,.. Humor appears frequently.. Langley is a man for all towns and cities .... Scene in the bedroom of Langley's brother is perfect . A real winner . When is the next Langley novel???
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In his first novel, Eagles Fly Alone, Lars Trodson has delivered a new world that is at once familiar and compelling. As with most great stories, plot is the least of it (To be clear, the plot is inventive, interesting, and enjoyable). Rather, it is the telling that draws the reader in and keeps him involved. Mr. Trodson gives us Fenton, NH, a town that those of us who grew up in New Hampshire identify with readily. At the same time, it is not the town we know from our youth. It is our town as it would be today, a combination of dogged Yankee tradition battling- sometimes winning, sometimes losing- the encroachment of the twenty-first century. We harken to the recognizable selectmen's meeting and the Halloween parade while recoiling from the attempt to locate a Dirty Books store in town and the dependence on tax revenue from a despoiling landfill.

It is in the characters he has created, though, that Lars Trodson's gift is most evident. From an almost-forgotten park ranger to an iconoclastic veteran to the Calhoun family, we are introduced to complete people. To not feel admiration, frustration, anger, compassion, and ultimately empathy for Langley Calhoun is not only impossible, it might just be inhuman.

Buy Eagles Fly Alone for a great story, but you'll remember it and look forward to more Langley Calhoun for a lot more.
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