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A Deadly Bluff: A Dana Madison Mystery Paperback – March 6, 2017
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Murder on Sacred Lands
A sudden summons from the White House upends Park Ranger Dana Madison's serene life in Yosemite National Park. She'd finally put her time as a Denver detective behind her, but now the President expects her to investigate a recent killing in another national park.
After Madison arrives at the crime scene deep in the Rocky Mountains, she discovers secret murders more than 100 years old, and a haunting connection to her last homicide case, her botched investigation of a child's murder. Her life is put in danger as she questions who really controls these federal preserves, these sacred places. The government? Corporations? Tribal sovereign interests?
A DEADLY BLUFF is a fast-paced, literary crime novel that exposes a conspiracy as twisted as the landscape of the Rocky Mountains.
About the Author
Kathleen Concannon was born in Portland, Oregon. Driven by her interest in the forces that shaped the landscapes she loves, she became a geologist, and has worked in the environmental and energy fields for over 30 years throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Washington D.C. Since 1990 she has owned her own consulting business, and has worked on projects as varied as salmon hatcheries and wind farms. A DEADLY BLUFF is Concannon's debut novel. She is an avid soccer player and kayaker.
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These words clearly express the concerns of the contemporary environmentalist—but were spoken by President Theodore Roosevelt over 100 years ago.
Kathleen Concannon takes the forces that have battled over land use in the United States for centuries and uses them to create an intriguing page-turner of a murder mystery. The blood is as fresh as today’s headlines—but the roots of the conflict (and the span of this novel) go back hundreds of years.
We can only hope that somewhere out there is a detective like Dana Madison, willing to put her life on the line to protect our most precious (and sacred) natural landscapes for generations to come. "A Deadly Bluff" is a murder mystery for our time.
Kathleen Concannon gives us a likable and complex protagonist in Dana Madison. She leads a team of unlikely sleuths on a classified government investigation of seemingly unrelated deaths in national parks. Clues are revealed gradually, both in the deaths and in the backgrounds of the team members. More layers are added when Concannon weaves into the story relevant historical references to the establishment of national parks and past treatment of native Americans. The story is set mainly in the fictional Grizzly National Park. Concannon's detailed descriptions of the landscape and plants in the park bring the environment to life. You can almost hear the birds and smell the trees. The author's love of nature and knowledge of its elements are undeniable.
Despite a growing sense of dread as the investigation proceeds, the author lightens the mood with humor throughout the book. Every character is unique, well-defined, and engaging. But the story belongs to Dana Madison as she navigates the dangerous world around her, while trying to sort out who she can trust. I hope this book is the start of a series of mysteries featuring Madison. Read this one and you will want to read more, too.