The Deer Killers

Gunnard Landers, Author Walker & Company $21.95 (209p) ISBN 978-0-8027-1134-2
Wildlife conservation is the theme of this ``ecological thriller,'' the first in Landers's projected series featuring outdoorsman and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Reed Erickson who here tracks a well-organized ring of commercial game hunters in Lousiana's swamps. Erickson infiltrates a small rural community by posing as the live-in lover of Marlis Pog, whose missing husband, the previous game warden, is believed to have been murdered by the poachers, or jacklighters. Erickson has domestic troubles of his own; his wife is serving him with divorce papers, and his strained intimacy with Marlis adds to his emotional turmoil. Drowning his sorrows at a bar, he pieces together the details of the deer slaughter, and later sees a group of men prowling the highways with shotguns, shooting and transporting hundreds of deer from pickup trucks to a refrigerated transport truck. Erickson oversees the bust operation but the main villain escapes for the inevitable showdown. Despite some interesting action, the writing is cliched, sentimental and obtrusively didactic. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
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