Dust Up (Series), Jon McGoran
Thanks to Jon McGoran for letting us know about his novel Dust Up, which is part of his biotech series.
Following up on his critically acclaimed ecological thrillers Drift and Deadout, author Jon McGoran’s latest novel, Dust Up (April 19, Tor/Forge Books), continues to explore new ground. Once again, McGoran combines action and suspense, tragedy and humor, and unforgettable characters with a nuanced look at some of today’s most controversial issues. Dust Up expands McGoran’s examination of the role of biotechnology in food and agriculture today with a look at the international influence exerted by today’s agribusiness giants.
Jon McGoran is the author of six novels, including the biotech thrillers Drift, Deadout, and Dust Up, as well as the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, written as D.H. Dublin (Penguin Books). His short fiction includes the science fiction novella “After Effects,” from Amazon StoryFront; “Bad Debt,” which received an honorable mention in Best American Mystery Stories 2014; and stories in a variety of anthologies and publications, including the upcoming X-Files anthology The Truth Is Out There (IDW, March 2016).
McGoran has been writing about food and sustainability for more than twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op and editor of The Shuttle newspaper and as editor in chief at Grid magazine. He is an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically modified foods. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and a founding member of the Philadelphia
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When Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and step-father within weeks of each other, he gains a twenty-day suspension for unprofessional behavior and instructions to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania.
Feeling restless and out of place, Doyle is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who’s under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company. He’s more surprised to see high-powered drug dealers driving the small-town roads—dealers his bosses don’t want to hear about.
But when the drug bust Doyle’s been pushing for goes bad and the threats against Nola turn violent, Doyle begins to discover that what’s growing in the farmland around Philadelphia is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined . . .
Quick, clever, and terrifying, Jon McGoran’s Drift is a commercial thriller in the tradition of Nelson DeMille’s Plum Island.
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A trip to an island off the New England coast—and away from the demands of police work—might be just what is needed to jumpstart Detective Doyle Carrick and Nola Watkins' stalled relationship. But a mysterious plague is killing the island's bees. Nola takes a job at an organic farm hit hard by the disease, working for the rich, handsome, and annoying Teddy, with whom she quickly becomes a little too friendly for Doyle's liking. When Teddy's estranged father offers Doyle a big payday to keep his son out of trouble until he can close a big government contract—and when Doyle meets Annalisa, a beautiful researcher studying the bees—Doyle decides to stick around.
Stoma Corporation, a giant biotech company, moves in with genetically modified super bees that supposedly are the answer to the world's bee crisis. As tension grows between protestors and a private army of thugs, Doyle realizes that bees aren't the only thing being modified. Annalisa's coworkers start to go missing, and she and Doyle uncover a dark, deadly, and terrifying secret. Things spin violently out of control on the tiny island, and when Doyle closes in on what Stoma Corporation is really up to, he must race to stop them before their plot succeeds, and spreads to the mainland and the world.
Deadout is the thrilling follow-up to McGoran's highly acclaimed novel, Drift.