Pinnacle, Apr 2002, 6.99, 432 pp.
Attorneys Dan Young and Maria Fisher are the intermediaries exchanging the five hundred thousand dollars in the dark reaches of Muldoon's Pub. Dan represents enormous lumbering interests while Maria serves as an agent for the environmental crowd. The money is to be used by the tree huggers to push for Highland Park, a forest north of San Francisco near the Oregon border, to become a National Preserve.
Everything goes smoothly until Maria leaves the pub with the loot. An unknown assailant assaults Maria and escapes in a waiting getaway car with the money. Maria and Dan give chase, but almost die in the nearby forest. Seeking help, they soon become embroiled in a secret project of the Amada Corporation headed by unscrupulous individuals willing to kill to keep their clandestine operation quiet. Though their lives are in jeopardy, can a tree hugger and a tree cutter find the common ground to work together to stay alive? If love has any say in the matter the answer is yes.
Though the protagonists are both lawyers, AT THE EDGE is an exhilarating amateur sleuth environmental tale (not a legal thriller). The lead couple is a delight as their opinions on the environment are not as far apart as one might expect (only the Atlantic Ocean not the Pacific Ocean). The story line is action-packed though some of the moves by the bad guys seem dumb for a group trying not to bring attention to their activities. Still fans of environmental thrillers will want to read David Dun's tale that takes the audience over the edge with excitement and want more novels starring this appealing duo.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner