I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell
Friday, May 26, 2017
The Web by Jonathan Kellerman
In this tenth Dr. Alex Delaware book, he and Robin leave Los Angles, where his home is still being repaired for an all expenses paid work vacation on the Pacific island of Aruk, by Dr. Woodrow Mooreland, a scientist, and philanthropist who needs help with his many case files to ready them for publication.
But things are not as they seem. A couple, one a botanist, the other a meteorologist studying weather patterns in the area are to go on a plane ride over the jungle where no one goes because of the land mines left by the Japanese during World War II. They get in a fight before the flight and he goes alone and the plane crashes into the jungle. The Navy base on the other side of the island, which is blocked off by a large iron gate, that went up after the villagers protested the death and mutilation of a local girl who was known to hand around sailors.
The other cases the doctor shares with him besides that of the girl is one of a man who suffered radiation poisoning when the Bikini Islands were bombed and the air shifted and drifted over some of the Pacific Islands, causing death and cancer. The people were compensated monetarily, but in the doctor's opinion, that was not enough. The people of Aruk receive government checks each month because of their poverty, which does not encourage them to try to revive the island's economy and while Dr. Mooreland has the money to help, he does not.
There are also two strange American men on the island who seem to want to drink all day and harass the local women. But they are not the only odd thing on the island. A man who is running for the Senate seat of Washington State, and known for his environmental policies back stateside, is perhaps not so eco-friendly concerning the island. A big business is interested in the island and all the land the doctor owns, which is considerable.
But that is not the biggest secret being kept. The good Dr. Mooreland waits until the end to show and tell his story to Alex and Robin one stormy night. A story that may get them all killed. This book's ending will come as a complete shock. As all of the secrets kept by the various players unravel, a horrendous revelation and a shocking request made by Dr. Mooreland to Alex and Robin could quite possibly end in tragedy for them all.
Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Web-Alex-Delaware-Novel-ebook/dp/B000FBFN9C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495813533&sr=1-1&keywords=the+web+kellerman