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Big money, big politics, crime, greed, and big farming - Slade, an agriculture department investigator in the steamy state of South Carolina, once again finds herself planted in a dangerous mystery.
Her assignment? Find out if there's a sinister connection between the drug-dealing arrest of wealthy peanut farmer Lamar Wheeler and the gruesome death of Lamar's teenage son in a car wreck. Especially since the dead teen is Governor Dick Wheeler's nephew.
Of course, the governor's people practically sky-write STAY AWAY FROM THE FIRST FAMILY over the Palmetto state's capitol dome in Columbia, which doesn't make Slade's job easier. Couldn't she simply back off from what appears to be a tragic and ugly - but private - family matter?
Not with hot-tempered DEA agent Pamela Largo on the case. Ex-wife to Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo, Slade's romantic interest, Pamela's hell-bent on using Lamar Wheeler's situation to re-open a cold case involving an Atlanta drug lord and Wayne's long lost sister, Kay.
Soon Slade's shoveling shooflies uphill against Pamela's obsessions, the drug lord's vendettas, the governor's secrets, and the bizarre realization that those secrets involve peanuts.
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By Skye-writer on 08-28-15
A white-knuckle ride with a fantastic protagonist
What made the experience of listening to Palmetto Poison the most enjoyable?
The reader got the "voice" of the main character really well and drew me right into the story.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Absolutely - every time I thought to "put the book down" because my walk or my drive in the car was over, I'd end up sitting in my driveway or parked on my front step, unable to stop listening. Every time it seemed that things couldn't go more wrong, they did. Sometimes I wanted to wring Carolina's Slade's neck and tell her to smarten up, but I couldn't stop reading.
What does Pyper Down bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Pyper Down was able to make me feel like I was hearing each character when they spoke. Her inflection and tone were perfect, especially the "thoughts" going through Slade's head.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Everyone told Slade to just let it go, but she couldn't - and neither will you.
Any additional comments?
Carolina Slade is an intriguing character with all kinds of baggage and an irresistible urge to get to the bottom of things even when persisting might cost her everything; her job, her friends, her lover and even her life. And then there's Special Agent Wayne Largo, another compelling character, Slade's lover with agenda of his own that doesn't always match Slade's. There is mystery and misdeeds, all wrapped up with politics, drugs, greed and money and there's no telling who Slade can trust any more.
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