Author: Steven Voien
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf Inc
Format: Hard Cover w/Jacket
Publication Year: 1997
Special Attributes: First Edition (stated)
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not price clipped, not ex-library
David Trowbridge is an American field biologist sent to study at a rain forest preserve in Terre Diamantee, West Africa. The country is mired in political turmoil, but David thinks that the reserve should be safe from local bureaucratic manipulations. He soon changes his mind when the director of the project and two assistants turn up dead in what appears to be a politically-based execution.
David Trowbridge is an American field biologist trying to track the elusive leopard in the rain forest. For the site of his investigation, Trowbridge has chosen an embattled wildlife preserve protected by a testy Belgian primatologist deep in the jungle. Under a dense and dripping canopy of trees, Trowbridge needs to dart and collar six leopards - silent and invisible except when they're attacking chimpanzees, and just possibly a human being who gets in the way. The study is just swinging into gear when three people at the base camp get in the way of something infinitely more vicious than a leopard - something that riddles their bodies with bullets and leaves them to the insects. Trowbridge asks too many questions and is swiftly deported, despite the help of a stunning Lebanese businesswoman. But his work in Terre Diamantee is just beginning - murderers and moneyboys, poachers and politicos, fetichistes and femmes draw him back into a vortex of danger, back into the darkness of the rain forest itself, where his leopards struggle to survive. And where he must draw on all his resources to escape the rainy season, and the erupting country, with his data and his life.
"Mr. Voien demonstrates his feverish fascination with an intricately beautiful, malignantly gruesome Africa in an evocative but meandering narrative--an ironic exclamation on the lethal side of paradise." New York Times Book Review - Bill Kent (03/30/1997)
"Sure, sexy and painstakingly observed...."
People - J. D. Reed
"A taut mix of political and sexual intrigue, class consciousness and rip-roaring chase scenes....A striking adventure story..an incisive dissection of the effects of colonialism and its demise." San Francisco Chronicle - Peter Handel
"...Voien delivers a taut mix of political and sexual intrigue, class consciousness and rip-roaring chase scenes through villages and back-country." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review - Peter Handel (03/16/1997)