Saturday April 27 at 5PM Diane Les Becquets presents The Last Woman In the Forest. Cutting edge science as rescued dogs are trained to help biologists track animals to ascertain the strength of their numbers and needs, a devious killer preying on women, and a dedicated scientist who just might be his next victim. This entertaining novel combines an edge of your seat thriller with a love of the forest, grand reading.
Marian is thrilled when she is accepted into a program that trains rescue dogs to track spoor in the forest, aiding researchers in gaining a full picture of the animal’s range and needs. Alberta Canada’s wilderness is remote and dark in the month of January. Marian was accepted late, replacing another person who had to drop out of the project, joining a crew already trained and busy. She learns quickly, loves working with the dogs, and feels they are doing important work trying to make a positive contribution. Tate, one of the project’s leaders, takes an interest in Marion. He is calm, patient, kind and great with the dogs. Marion learns a lot about working with animals and the wilderness from Tate. Soon their evident affection deepens, for Marion this is the relationship of a lifetime, thus even more shattering when Tate is killed while on assignment miles away from her.
The story opens with the death of a young Montana woman, seemingly unconnected with the activities of a group of scientists in Alberta’s wilderness. However Marion has found inconsistencies that disturb her, she fears the killer may be close. Wanting answers, to know if her suspicions are valid, she turns to Nick Shepard in Sandpoint, Idaho. Nick, a retired cop, is ill, but there is one case that haunts him, the murder of young women whose killer eluded him. If Marion has uncovered clues to the killer’s identity, Nick is willing to help.
The story is full of dark woods, menace, and a plot that keeps the pages turning. Also there are ambitious dogs relishing their role in forest biology.
Diane Les Becquets wanted to write about women in danger. She was aided in her research by John Philpin, a noted criminal psychologist, who said 95% of stranger to stranger homicides are men killing women. The use of dogs in tracking scat for wildlife biologists is also grounded in reality.
There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. Sign up to attend this free event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling 541-593-2525, or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music.