The Ghost Trees — Published!

Ghost TreeJust in time for Halloween, a spooky ghost story of mine has just been published: The Ghost Trees. It’s part of a new collection of mystery stories, West Coast Crime Wave, released this week by ebook publisher, I’m delighted to have my story appear in the same book as some very well respected, award winning, and best-selling mystery authors. The Amazon Kindle version is already available and the Nook and other versions are coming soon. To get more details, visit the ebook’s home page.

I’ve mentioned The Ghost Trees here before. It’s one of my Peyton McKean mysteries, in which the Seattle biotech sleuth investigates the murder of a cedar tree poacher. Along the way he meets several members of the Duwamish Indian Tribe including an old troublesome shaman by the name of Henry George, who is the chief suspect in the crime. The tale is full of local Native American flavor, much of which I learned in my coursework in Lushootseed language class with teacher Didahalqid at the Duwamish Longhouse. Do you know what a Pahstud is? Read and find out.

Or, what’s a cedar tree poacher, you might ask. Believe it or not, there are bad folks around the Pacific Northwest who go into the woods without any kind of permit and cut down cedar trees and chop them up to sell as cedar roofing shakes. It makes no difference to the poachers if they take a younger tree, say 100 years old, or whether they knock down a 1,000 year old giant that is among the last of its kind. What’s that, you say? Maybe it’s just as well if a tree poacher gets murdered? Sure, okay, they’re a bad lot and the fewer of them the better. But the real question here is whodunnit? Check out the story and find the answer. Hint: Chief Seattle said, “Even the dead are not without power.”

About Tom Hopp

Thomas P Hopp is a scientist and author living in Seattle. He writes medical thrillers, natural disaster novels, and the Dinosaur Wars science fiction series.
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2 Responses to The Ghost Trees — Published!

  1. nancy devaux says:

    Can’t wait to read this, Tom. Love the Native American connection and I did not know you studied Lushootseed. cool! When does a print edition come out?

    • Tom Hopp says:

      Nancy, yes, I’ve got about a year’s worth of Lushootseed classes behind me. Still can’t say much, because it’s a very foreign language to English speakers, but I keep learning. Along with language, one always learns about culture as well. That’s what’s starting to come through in my fiction.

      The paper book of West Coast Crime Wave will happen eventually but that’s up to the publisher so I don’t really know when. Days? Months? Years? Somewhere in that ballpark. Meanwhile I think it may come out soon as a pdf or other computer readable/printable file, so you can get a paper copy that way. Sorry, but this story was not published by me so I can’t control these things. Most of my stories these days are self-published and for those, I’d have an answer.

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