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Old Poison

Long ago Mars was an oasis of running water. Today, the Martian surface is a sterile, barren desert. Here on Earth, who knows what climactic knobs we unwittingly turn, which might one day render Earth as dry and lifeless as Mars.

--Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

Old Poison

When PI Diana Hunter strips away multiple layers of deception and false leads she learns that Evelyn Lilac's novel, The Martian Diary, is more than science fiction. Hidden within her story are allegations of corporate greed and crime that could lead to ecological disaster.

When Evelyn is murdered in the same bizarre manner as her fictional heroine, Diana finds herself at the vortex of a high octane conspiracy to silence Evelyn's tale. As the body count rises, Diana goes undercover at the Blue Morpho Petroleum plant, concealed in a remote area of the Costa Rican rain forest. There she finally learns the terrifying secret behind Blue Morpho's new alternative fuel, Red 19.

Facing a corporation with power and influence that places it above the law, Diana must find the hiding place of Evelyn's hard evidence and then find some way to reveal it to the world before she too is silenced.

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Lobathian Publishers (July, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0-9821370-1-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9821370-1-7
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.525 inches
  • 2nd Printing (lightly edited and reissued)
  • Price: $10.95

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Linda Appleton said:

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a compelling read
May 30, 2011

Barbara A. Montgomery said:

A very smart thriller from an intelligent PI
Joan Francis' book Old Poison has a heckuva lot going for it. An intriguing set of characters, a great plot, timely material, clever set dressing and lots more. I liked her female PI protagonist a lot and it's because Francis knows her stuff - she was a PI herself. Learn what it takes to be a sucessful modern PI and what kind of sleazebags you can run up against. Highly recommended.
Dec 25, 2003

Robin L. Taylor said:

A great debut novel that will keep you turning pages
Diana Hunter, a private investigator, is asked to check out the possibility of the existence of a new environmentally friendly fuel that is contained in a document called the Martian Diary. Believing that this is simply a crank case Diana agrees to meet with the author of the document Evelyn Lilac. She soon discovers herself in the middle of an unprovoked attack and an unexplained death.

The story builds in tension as Diana travels from deserts of New Mexico to the jungles of Costa Rica in order to find the reasons for Lilacs death. As the body count rises Diana finds herself dealing with environmentalists, crackpots, and unscrupulous corporate agents.

Joan Francis has written a good debut novel, which will keep you turning the pages. Her own experience as reporter, a private investigator, her knowledge of mining camps from New Mexico to South America along with her keen eye for detail adds depth to the story. The character of Diana Hunter is well rounded out and the story is extremely well edited. I look forward to future adventures of Diana Hunter by the very talented author.
Aug 13, 2003

Qimel said:

Fun Read!
This is a fun book that is a quick read. The character is witty and adventurous. It is fast paced and has many surprises. There is a feel of realism in the fiction that leaves you wondering about real life current events. Highly recommended.
Jul 15, 2003

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