Poaching Man and Beast
Private detective Lou Searing returns to solving challenging cases when a young lawyer, Zeke Simons of Mason, Michigan, is accused of murder in Trout City (Kalkaska, Michigan). While hunting on opening day of bow season, Zeke overhears Howard Richards bragging about poaching a 12─point buck. Conflict and turmoil follow as Zeke’s revenge and a need to take the law into his own hands leads to crisis after crisis. Trout City is corrupt with bribes and the controlling personality of Howard Richards. High School student leaders uncover the corruption and seek a solution from a law school student at the University of Michigan. A dramatic courtroom scene attempts justice followed by an exciting ending, a trademark in a Baldwin mystery.
About the Author
Richard L. Baldwin was a special educator and administrator. The last 7 years of his career he served as the State Director of Special Education for the State of Michigan. Following his retirement he established a second career as author and publisher. He has written (to date) 19 cozy mysteries set in Michigan. He formed a small independent publishing company, Buttonwood Press, and currently publishes the work of four authors. Richard speaks at conferences, schools, libraries, senior centers, and book clubs. He lives in Haslett, Michigan with his wife Patty and beloved cat, Sami.
Why are Baldwin’s books popular?
First and foremost his books and those he publishes are safe reads, free of profanity, sex, and graphic violence. Secondly, even though the books are murder mysteries, the story centers around justice, compassion for people, and places familiar to readers. Baldwin sets his fictitious stories in real cities. Third, the stories are suspenseful providing a challenge to discover “who done it?” Finally, Baldwin’s books are fun quick reads where people boast of reading his books in a day or two.