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Hoot to Kill (massmarket)

Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel

Most biologists believe the worst thing about field biology is watching everything else have sex except you. Robyn Devara is no exception. In the remote logging town of Marten Valley, Robyn knows she's not likely to win popularity contests, much less get any dates. After all, she's there to survey the old-growth forest for spotted owls, and, if she finds any of the endangered birds, it's going to mean big changes for the people of Marten Valley.

As it turns out, hostile locals and militant environmentalists are the least of Robyn's problems after she discovers a body in the forest. While angry townspeople point accusing fingers at the environmentalists, Robyn isn't sure what to think...

Hoot to Kill by Karen Dudley