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Maverick risk-taker and onetime star professor Fritz Tullis has been exiled from academia after a passionate affair with the wrong man's wife. When he retreats to his family's estate in southern Maryland, he refurbishes a run-down sharecropper's shack on the edge of a swamp and spends his time musing and photographing the area's abundant bird life. Most important, he vows to never again get involved with events he can't control.

But one morning while photographing birds, he sights a plane with his telephoto lens as it touches down on an airstrip across the bay. It's an open secret that this area, with its multitude of hidden waterways, is becoming a hub for illegal arms and drug trafficking.

Fritz witnesses the first in a string of murders involving high-ranking government officials and before he knows it, and against his better judgment, he is digging for the truth.

Fritz is about to learn how dangerous "being involved" can be. For as his quiet life gets more complex, people - including some who are near and dear - start to die. And as his involvement in solving these crimes deepens, Fritz senses that he himself is being scrutinized through a telescopic lens, and that someone, somewhere, is plotting his death.

©2001 by J.F. Freedman; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

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Nice change of pace for a mystery

I listen to lots of mysteries and I get tired of being able to predict the story evolution. This had a good pace, good story, and some interesting twists and turns. Woth the try.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Edgard
  • Towson, MD, USA
  • 04-10-03

Keeps you reading none stop

A fantastic reading. For those of us, that have little time to read, this is the book for you. I bought it, read it, and enjoyed every minute of it. Suspense, romance, and the atmosphere is 21th century living. Thank,

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Bailey Island, ME, USA
  • 01-12-05

A good read

I had a hard time getting out of the car to go to my next appointment. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Ansgar
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • 03-20-04

Excellent production of good suspense novel

The story is OK, not blow-you-away different or captivating but keeps your interest. The production, however, is really good! Definitely worth a listen...

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Still my favorite

Of the 1000+ audio books I've listened to over the past 8 years, this is in the top 10. Gregory Harrison's first person narration for Fritz Tullis was perfect in capturing the character in this original and unpredictable story. Truly suspenseful.

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wonderfully original

This was such a refreshing, different mystery,. It had none of the usual cliched, urban settings and scenes. It was very interesting and I couldn't stop listening once I started. I've stayed up until almost 2am because I had to hear the end. About 3/4 of the way through I figured out that one character wasn't exactly what he/she was portrayed to be but I was VERY wrong about their actual identity! Gregory Harrison did a superb job of narration--not too flat or too emotional. This is a great listen.