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Tahoe Blowup (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) [Paperback]

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Item description for Tahoe Blowup (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) by Todd Borg, Malcolm Bradbury, Carl A. Hoeger, Virginia E. Peterson, Sarah Madsen, Ray Lai, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas...

When Detective Owen McKenna's cabin narrowly escapes burning in an arson-set forest fire, the local fire department hires him to investigate. Wiith the aid of his Great Dane Spot and search-and-rescue dog Natasha, Owen Discovers a burned body. A second fire and a second body follow. Although Owen doesn't know if the deaths are murders or accidents, it is clear that the arsonist is deadly serious about his threat to light a monster fire that will incinerate a large part of Tahoe. Before Owen can close in, the firestarter kidnaps Owen's girlfriend Street Casey. Owen and Spot have just hours if they are to save Street before she burns up in a fire so big, fire fighters call it a BLOWUP. WINNER of the Ben Franklin Best Mystery Silver Medal.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   Thriller Press
ISBN  193129612X  
ISBN13  9781931296120  

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More About Todd Borg, Malcolm Bradbury, Carl A. Hoeger, Virginia E. Peterson, Sarah Madsen, Ray Lai, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Todd Borg is the author of the award-winning Owen McKenna mysteries set in the Lake Tahoe area. He's won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, Best Mystery and Best Thriller awards from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, and made several Top 5 and Top 10 lists. His novels are perennial Tahoe-Area bestsellers and he's made Amazon's Mystery Thriller Bestseller list.

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Killer read!  Mar 2, 2005
I received this book as a gift. It's been sitting around gathering dust for a while. Started reading Blowup this morning. WHAT AN AMAZING AUTHOR! This guy has an excellent command of the language. He paints vivid mind pictures and is easy to read. I'll probably finish this book before I go to bed tonight, however I already know Todd Borg is going to rank up there with C.S. Forester and Terry Pratchett as one of my favorite authors. Thanks Todd!
Todd Borg Releases Nail-Biting Second In Mystery Series  Nov 11, 2001
"An ordinary forest fire can be put out, but you can only run from a BLOWUP..."

Well mystery fans, he's done it again. Who you ask? Why, Lake Tahoe's very own author Todd Borg. And just what has he done that has readers from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco so worked up? He's released his second riveting novel in the Owen McKenna mystery series; a suspense-filled tale of kidnap and arson at the height of the fire season titled "Tahoe Blowup."

Toward the close of summer in the Sierra Nevada, people who live and work among the pines and firs of the Tahoe National Forest get real jumpy. Months of long hot days coupled with tinder dry brush and low humidity make the threat of forest fires something many lose sleep over. It is almost unthinkable that someone would deliberately set out to release the fury of such fires with the strike of a match. But that is exactly what has been happening at Lake Tahoe and what local private investigator, Owen McKenna, and his Harlequin Great Dane, "Spot," have been asked to stop. That and a string of murders associated with each devastating blaze until McKenna's own girlfriend, Street Casey, is marked as the next victim. Thrill binding excitement right up to the very end-an ending you'll never expect!

Attention to detail, vivid descriptions and lifelike character portrayals are the hallmarks of Borg's style and he has really done his homework on this one. In depth investigative work on everything from environmentalist watchdog groups to forest management techniques and fire fighting theory. It just doesn't get any more real.

"The Colfax Area Express," Colfax, CA

Scary truth mixed into an enjoyable novel.  Oct 29, 2001
Mr. Borg's second novel is even better than his first. The story is an excellent depiction of Tahoe's forests and impending danger from fire. As a neighbor to The Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991, the danger really hit home. As in his first novel, the characters are intriguing, especially his dog Spot.

I look forward to reading more of Mr. Borg's work.

Dog Day Afternoons  Jul 29, 2001
I liked this book. It's a fast, scary and funny read. It's a timely subject for a thriller--environmental crimes, in this case arson in the tinderbox forests around Lake Tahoe. The setting is vividliy described, the characters are appealing and funny. The protagonist is a cop turned PI with an irresistable sidekick--a Great Dane named Spot. What could be cloying and prescious is instead hilarious and very moving. The action is intense, nonstop, the dilemna interesting and difficult, the characters full and engaging. I read it at the beach in a couple days. Good read.

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