On an unseasonably hot October morning, Bowditch is called to the scene of a bizarre crime: the corpses of five moose have been found senselessly butchered on the estate of Elizabeth Morse, a wealthy animal rights activist who is buying up huge parcels of timberland to create a new national park.
What at first seems like mindless slaughteróretribution by locals for the job losses Morse's plan is already causing in the regionóbecomes far more sinister when Morse's only daughter is killed in a suspicious automobile accident. In order to solve the controversial case, Bowditch risks losing everything he holds dear: his best friends, his career as a laws enforcement officer, and the love of his life.
The beauty and magnificence of the Maine woods is the setting for a story of suspense and violence when one powerful womanís missionary zeal comes face to face with ruthless cruelty.
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