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

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

Disaster struck when twin sisters Jennifer and Melissa Salazar went hiking with their grandmother on their sixth birthday. Melissa got lost, fell off a cliff on the rock slide above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe and died. Eight years later, fourteen-year-old Jennifer wants to hire Detective Owen McKenna to look into the death, which she believes was a murder. When Owen begins to investigate, another body is discovered. Owen's girlfriend Street Casey, a forensic entomologist, analyzes maggots found in the corpse. Her information helps Owen connect the body to the case. Owen uncovers information that takes him from Tahoe to San Francisco to a rich man's private island off the coast of Santa Barbara. The man directs McKenna to an asylum in the Nevada desert. Although the facility is surrounded by armed guards, Owen breaks in and learns of a long-buried secret that caused the murder of Jennifer's sister and several others in her family. Jennifer is the next intended victim. When Owen realizes who the murderer is, he races back to Lake Tahoe. Owen and his Great Dane Spot will need every second if they are to catch him. The killer has Jennifer and she has only minutes left to live...

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Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2001
Publisher   Thriller Press
ISBN  1931296111  
ISBN13  9781931296113  

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More About Todd Borg, Lee Leong Sze, 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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Made for TV version of a mystery?  Aug 6, 2008
I generally enjoy mysteries set in distinctive locations. For example, I love the Dana Stabenow Kate Shugak novels and the Marcia Muller Sharon McCone books.

There was something missing for me with Tahoe Deathfall. Maybe the action was too easy or implausible. I like my detectives competent, but he seems too good to be true. He is a master of unarmed combat. He appreciates and has a solid understanding of art. He has an attractive woman repeatedly throwing herself at him (even though he's in a committed relationship). He can commit major crimes (admittedly with justification) without consequences . . . Also, does every former SF police officer have multiple platinum credit cards that allow him to charter private jets at the last minute? In some ways, this seemed like a fantasy of the perfect detective life (without the sex).

Also, maybe because this was a first for the publisher as well, but there were some horrendous errors that should have been caught by the editor: he needed to keep her in "site," and one man was the "soul heir." The tune "Soul Man" started running through my head at that point. Distracting! And there were several instances when the writing had serious grammatical problems: To paraphrase: "we said we loved each other we hung up." Huh? These types of errors get in the way of a clean, crisp narrative.

That said, I read the second book (Tahoe Blowout) in the series, and it was a significant improvement.
SIZZLING!  Jun 11, 2008
FANTASTIC mystery, I'm so glad I discovered the Owen Mckenna series set in Lake Tahoe. This P.I. and his sidekick "Spot", a Harlequin Great Dane, make for an interesting team. The guy is funny, erudite, and has interesting observations on art and life along the way. You also get to take your mind for a ride to Lake Tahoe, which makes the mystery even more exciting. Borg makes good use of the rugged landscape for rousing adventure, and brings plenty of high-ticket toys to the action (boats, planes, cars, etc.) not to mention stunning homes overlooking one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the world. Mckenna often kicks back on his high deck with a beer and surveys the breathtaking scenery dropping a thousand feet below his heels, while doing his detective "thinking", commenting on how hard his job is. The dog Spot is adorable, a giant dog so real he'll stretch off the page and lap your face. Borg's descriptions of his every day dogginess are funny and entertaining, especially to us dog lovers. Borg makes Street, Owen's forensic entomologist girlfriend , as real as the person next to you. The mystery is gripping, and yes it is a page turner--hard to put down. Also have to add that it's very refreshing to read a tough P.I. thriller that is gloriously absent of profanity and graphic sex. It's all about the mystery! His writing sizzles, and I can't wait to read TAHOE BLOWUP, and all the rest of the series.
Owen McKenna - Private Investigator (and his dog Spot)  Mar 22, 2005
The first page made me cry, the last page made me laugh. The middle pages held my attention like deer on the interstate.

The main character, Owen McKenna (and his dog Spot) zip around Lake Tahoe in a beatup old Jeep solving mysteries. While reading this, felt a little like a kid again reading "The Hardy Boys Solve the Mystery of something-scary".

The characters had depth, particularly Spot. This is the second Owen McKenna Mystery that I have read. I liked Blowup better, but certainly enjoyed Tahoe Deathfall.

Todd Borg has a nice way with words. I find myself stopped every twenty or so pages wondering at how Todd was able to paint such a remarkable picture with words.

His command of time is second only to his ability to communicate beauty. The story progresses at a nice pace - never hurried, never dull. Much like a good plane ride, I always felt the author was in control of the story.

Go ahead, drop a couple of bucks on Tahoe DeathFall - Todd Borg won't let you down!
A tremendous read from a great writer  Oct 5, 2002
Todd Borg is a Minnesota native who followed the lure of lakes in the mountains to live in Lake Tahoe. He has created the art-loving detective, Owen McKenna, in his action-packed series beginning with Tahoe Death FALL, which was published in 2001. He quickly followed his maiden book with Tahoe Blowup. Thriller Press launched its business with Todd's Tahoe Death Fall, which was an astute decision.

Fourteen-year-old Jennifer Salazar, a wealthy young heiress, shows up at Owen McKenna's office to hire him as a private investigator because she feels the death of her twin sister nine years before is no accident. She has the I.Q. of a genius, is set to inherit almost four hundred million dollars, and is rightly convinced someone is out to kill her. McKenna, his Harlequin Dane named Spot, and his girlfriend, an exotic beauty who is an entomologist named Street, believe Jennifer. Her claim is verified everywhere they turn as dead bodies from the past and present speak of a family full of evil secrets and unsuspecting victims:

"'That's what they say,' Immanuel said.
'What do you mean?'
'Just what I said. That's what they say.'
'You don't believe it?'
'Put it this way,' the old man said wearily. He leaned his head back and rested it
against the pillow. 'There is something wrong with the woman. She is disturbed.
No doubt about it. But a paranoid schizophrenic needing to be locked up? I doubt it.'"

Todd Borg writes a rip-roaring, suspense-driven mystery that keeps the reader glued to his book until the final breathtaking denouement. His characters are superbly crafted, especially his dog Spot, who looms over the action like a benevolent giant, finally risking his life when necessary. Borg knows how to spin a yarn, and he is adept at utilizing every nook and cranny of the Lake Tahoe area as his backdrop. Tahoe Death Fall is an outstanding effort from a true up-and-comer in the mystery business. Borg is able to send shivers up our spine and make us think twice about checking all the doors and windows before we go to bed at night, as well as looking for skeletons in our ancestry. A tremendous read from a great writer.

Shelley Glodowski

Awesome!  Jun 6, 2002
I picked up this book at a local (to Lake Tahoe) independent bookstore. It is a treat of a book and as a local to Lake Tahoe, I appreciated that all the references were accurate. Owen and Spot, along with girlfriend Street, were dynamite in this book. The book is well written and I was hard pressed not to stay up all night finishing it. I have the second book which I am anxious to start. Well written, well research, and a great story! I urge others to pick it up and give it a read!

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