|Frostline (1997) [Novel]|
by Justin Scott
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Series: Ben Abbott
(From the publisher):
When Newburyís newest resident, ex-diplomat Harry King, the close confidant of Kissinger and reputed to have been heavily involved in the Vietnam War, summons real estate agent Ben Abbott to his new McMansion, Ben dreams of big dollar signs. The commission from selling the Fox Trot estate would be huge. But King doesnít want Benís selling expertise, he wants him to act as a mediator in a dispute with his troublesome neighbour, surly Vietnam vet Richard Butler. A strip of Butlerís land cuts straight into Kingís estate like a knife, acting as a red flag for two men who are as ornery and quarrelsome as a pair of rival bulls. In fact, the testoserone is flowing heavier than the waters in the stream King is damming up for a picturesque lake.
Before Ben can mediate, an explosion rocks a lavish party on the Fox Trot lawn. The blast blows up the dam ó and Butlerís ex-con son, Dickie, along with it. Butler, an army-trained sapper, is arrested for setting the dynamite. Ben, whose childhood friend Dickie had tried his patience and loyalty many times before, refuses to accept Butlerís guilt. Besides, too many things donít add up. Could the destruction be the work of terrorists? Of one of the many groups holding a grudge against King? Or just someone with his own axe to grind?
With the Feds on the scene, caught between state and local law enforcement jockeying, Ben negotiates an unpopular course through the usual minefield of his various loyalties to friends, family and lovers, of whom there are plenty...
Original title: Frostline
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur