Wildlife biologists and friends Bert and Helen reunite in Oswegatchie Green: Wind Power and Wilderness in the Western Adirondacks. Back in the distressed community of Orebed Lake, they quickly become enmeshed in debate over a possible synfuels plant on the abandoned Big Orebed Mine site. They meet interesting, and sometimes adamant characters on both sides of the debate. They are relieved when they later learn that the proposal is for a wind farm, but they quickly encounter questions about the compatibility of wind farms with wilderness values. Later they are led to question the sincerity and integrity of the project's sponsors. As this issue is unfolding, an apparent homicide intrudes. As always, greed is lurking somewhere in the mix, and despite his cautious nature, Bert becomes vulnerable to lethal danger. Nor are things all right on the personal front. Bert is ready to take his relationship with Helen to a new level, but she leaves him with some doubt that it will ever happen.
2009 Quality paperback, 275 pages $10.00