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Dust Up: A Thriller (Doyle Carrick) Hardcover – April 19, 2016
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"Dust Up is an explosive international thriller. ...McGoran proves that he is the new master of this genre." - NY Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.
"McGoran [is] one fine thriller writer... It's a delight to watch McGoran propel thenarrative forward, with minimal backstory and artful use of detail... Theaction is unending, and McGoran displays enviable skill. ...[Dust Up is] A first-tierthriller." ~ Booklist, STARRED review
"Jon McGoran is as natural of a storyteller as it gets....Doyle Carrick has become one of the most interesting series character outthere...Jon McGoran has a gift to write larger-than-life characters. ...It's asgood as anything I've read this year....the best damn international thrillerI've read in a couple years. That Jon McGoran guy is for real."
- Dead End Follies
"A very engaging and entertaining series that addressesrealistic, as well as theoretically scientific concerns over GMOs....Carrick isa likable character, with a sarcastic sense of humor and a great desire to seejustice prevail....This is a fun as well as informative series."
A fast engaging thriller from start to finish. ...Doyle Carrick is a sharp-tongued wise-assit's hard not to like.... Along with the quips and sarcasm, though, is anunderlying sense of sobriety. You neverlose sight of the real world issues in play.The vulnerability of the world's food supply is a genuine concern. ...McGoran gives us wild chases and glib banter, but he doesnot let us forget the ever present dangers regular people face... he blends his research into hisstoryline seamlessly. Entertainment and serious thoughts. You can't take muchmore away from a thriller than that.
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About the Author
JON McGORAN is the author of six novels, including the ecological thrillers Drift, Deadout and Dust Up, and the D. H. Dublin forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison, and Freezer Burn. He has been writing about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia and editor The Shuttle, and editor in chief at Grid magazine. During that time he has also been an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically engineered foods. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of published authors dedicated to promotion, networking, and service work. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.
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The door is that of Detective Doyle Carrick and Nola, his girlfriend. And the man shot to death is, when Doyle Carrick opens the door and sees the body lying there, that of a complete stranger. As Doyle sees the dead man, he also sees a car speeding away from the scene, and the horrified, terrified face of a woman behind the wheel.
The case is assigned to Mike Warren, a detective with Doyle’s unit in the Philadephia P.D., whose [probably sole] insight in the case is to identify the dead man from ID in his wallet: Ronald Hartwell. It ultimately appears that the man’s wife, Miriam Hartwell, worked with him at a huge biotech company. Warren is certain that the wife is the chief suspect, while Doyle tries to figure out why it was his house to which they had come, suspicious that something else was going on, that perhaps they were acting as whistleblowers, Doyle having earned a reputation in taking down large biotech companies in the past.
When Doyle finally gets to meet with Miriam, the story she tells him is a complex one which, to quote the publisher, “uncovers a web of deceit, intrigue and mass murder, with giant biotech corporations [are] working to topple the Haitian government.” Doyle feels compelled to follow up Miriam’s story, with “the stubbornness that I usually allowed to ruin my life and my career.” And he comes close to doing exactly that again. What ensues is a tale of environmental activism, GMOs and hybrid crops, genetically modified seeds and biotech products, with Ebola-like diseases at the heart of the conspiracy.
My husband, Ted, and I loved the author’s first two books in the series, “Drift” and “Deadout,” and this one doesn’t disappoint. In the early pages, there are vivid descriptions of Philadelphia and its environs. The writing is compelling, and the book a page-turner (although I would have been the last person to expect that from a novel filled with material so foreign to me). Mr. McGoran gives the reader is very satisfying ending. And things come full circle as the final page of this outstanding novel describes a pounding on Carrick’s front door, this time not from a man about to be shot to death.
The author is firmly in control like a bass player discretely directing the beat to a tune that forces you tap your foot and become intimately involved in its rhythm. You really don’t want to put it down and like a Crichton or a Clancy story you learn a little something that's going on in the world around you, that sometimes, you may not want to know.
McGoran hits his stride here and the character of Carrick, well, he’s a gem.
Doyle Carrick is THE 'every-man', whether it be someone in the family or member of an inner circle, we all know one; for his ilk the door is always open and the gathering a little better when he is a part of it. He's street smart and a smart ass (well, he is a Philly cop) and although his moral center may not be totally centered he is someone we can all relate to.
But it's the riveting narrative that carries this one. Intrigue and bio terrorism on a global scale. It grabs you right away.
Carrick started out in Philadelphia then moved on to Massachusetts and Marthas Vinyard, this time around he went international. Can’t wait to see where McGoran sets him up next.
I highly recommend this book and am anxiously awaiting the author's next publication so that I can get my next fix!