The Spook Hills Trilogy tells the stories of four FBI agents, one in his sixties and three hitting their stride at 40, who venture outside the FBI to define broader lives for themselves. Each one is drawn back not only to the FBI, but to their personal roots, finding it necessary to deal with certain personal issues as well as thwart attacks from the perpetrators who continue their underworld activities.
Old Growth and Ivy tells the story of how FBI agent extraordinaire, Steve Nielsen, begins the journey to expand beyond his dedication to his career and become the fuller man he desires to be. He has never left a case unsolved and never missed bringing the perpetrators to justice. He is tough and his standards are high, although even after over 35 years with the Bureau he maintains an aura of idealism that has earned him the moniker of "the boy scout." In the last five years, he has taken himself from an empty man with only his career to become ready for the journey he has sought, prepared for and dreamed of.
Working on what are to become his last cases, a child prostitution ring and a drug trafficking enterprise, Steve meets the alluring but equally strong career executive, Ivy Littleton, while seeking leads on monetary transactions. While they get started in a confrontational manner, Ivy quickly realizes that even though Steve may be brash and demanding, his goals are to be admired. As they align their lives together, Ivy witnesses the danger and challenges of Steve's world. She becomes drawn into helping him and his team of three dedicated agents to chase down the perpetrators, finding herself and Steve in deadly situations.
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The second book of the trilogy, New Growth follows Steve's lead agent, Mathew Heylen, as he steps away from the FBI and works to put the hurts of his childhood in his past. He seeks a life partner to have a family with and to develop the nascent vineyard he has started with Steve that they jokingly name "Spook Hills". However, new and old work with the FBI threaten to derail his progress.
Mathew is gifted with an innate goodness that sees him through even the toughest of circumstances. He leans on Steve and Ivy for their support and guidance as he steps into the sunlight years of his life. He knows that this is his time and not even bullets will keep him from achieving his life goals. He aims to win the heart of the captivating Callie Straun and become a kind father to her eight year old daughter, Susannah, even though the odds are stacked against each of them.
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In Noble Firs good friends, Brian Tovey and Moll O’Leary, seek their life-long loves as they work to keep up with the meteoric growth of their startup company. Model-handsome Brian has a secret passion for a beautiful woman who seeks to turn around her life as a felon. Likable, offbeat but intriguing Moll is attracted to quirky women, but he longs for stable family bonds. After Brian and Moll uncover a money laundering scheme leading to the arrests of several senior mobsters, younger underworld leaders rise up to seek revenge. Will Brian and Moll survive to find the future love relationships and families they each want?
In this intriguing novel the two former FBI agents face extreme danger even as they seek enduring love. With one man cautious and meticulous and the other laid back and casual, they also find themselves challenged by their psychological barriers as they expand their personal lives. Noble Firs will lead you through a complex plot woven around characters you can care about.
While the story stands alone, the roots of its characters and plot are in Old Growth & Ivy and New Growth, the first novels of the Spook Hills trilogy. Over the course of the three books, the stories of FBI agent extraordinaire, Steve Nielsen, and his three top agents are told as each one struggles to define a new life for himself away from the FBI.
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