LOS ANGELES TIMES:
Doolittles targets . . .
are the lumber giants who clear-cut the forests with a posterity-be-damned
attitude. At the urging of his lady love at the ACLU in Washington, Bethany
tries to protect the soft-spoken but militant leader of an ecological group
called Earth Everlasting. Bethany fails but engineers a score-settling that
is majestically and perhaps wickedly ingenious. It may not save the forests
but it reduces the villain population and is totally satisfying.
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER:
Tom Bethany makes
Dashiell Hammetts Continental Op look like a bureaucrat, Spillanes
Mike Hammer seem mild-mannered and Robert B. Parkers Spenser downright
wimpy. In Half Nelson, the ex-collegiate wrestler goes after the killers of
the leader of an environmental group. The trail leads to the Pacific
Northwest and the timber industry.
Doolittle uses his knowledge of the
nefarious workings of the Justice Department and the so-called
tree-hugger movement to great advantage, combining it with his
usual tight, evocative writing, in-depth characters, virtually nonstop
action, and a villain who is almost admirable. Jerome Doolittles work
hasnt disappointed me yet, and if you like your detectives lean and
mean, he wont disappoint you either.
Between the skinheads who are after
environmentalist Robert Rackleff, a rogue FBI man, and timber czar Hap
Overholser, Tom Bethany has his hands full. Doolittle is one of my favorite
writers, and Tom Bethany is the best loner-misfit on the crime-solving scene
A dastardly criminal
conspiracy outsmarted and outsocked by a fairy-godmother vigilante: a
tree-huggers answer to John D. MacDonalds The Green Ripper.
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