Geology prof Charlie Weatherford is arrested for murder of a colleague who’s maybe solved the problem of making big earthquakes occur on purpose with fracking techniques. Connie Bergen, attorney for the company supporting Weatherford for proprietary access to research, is sent to defend him. The trial brings out the deadly potential of scientifically illiterate men in high places.
After the brutal execution-style shooting of a geology prof, paleontologist Gideon Marshall gets dumped into an even more complex mess than the one a year earlier in this sequel to BE CAREFUL, Dr. RENNER. Marshall is put under house arrest because of a note found in the deceased’s hands. RENNER, it turns out, was a victim of a perfect murder scheme. STITCHER is a different matter.
Dr. Clyde Renner is dead, apparently of a heart attack. Leonard Branch, campus cop at Renner’s small liberal arts college, is convinced there’s more to Renner’s demise and Gideon Marshall, paleontologist, plays host to a parade of characters with a stake in the autopsy. In the end, Marshall discovers not only the perfect murder, but also ideal weapons of mass destruction.
John Janovy had two dreams: to see a live, wild whale and to explore the mythical place John Steinbeck wrote about in his Log from the Sea of Cortez. There, in an unfamiliar and magical landscape, in the company of fellow biologists and their students, he recaptured the sense of innocent wonder that had led him to become a biologist in the first place.
The brutal murder of a scientist at geologist Gideon Marshall’s upscale liberal arts college in Iowa remains unsolved. A request from the Department of Criminal Investigation, to determine the origin of dirt in ten plastic bags, sends Marshall on a trek through Oklahoma oil fields and turns him into a crucial prosecution witness whose testimony will have global implications.