by Tim Applegate
(from back of book)
When a mysterious stranger, Dieter, arrives in the historic coastal town of Crooked River, the residents take notice. Deckhands, bartenders and shopkeepers befriend him, and the charming but hesitant Maggie Paterson falls in love. Teddy Mink, the town's notorious and often paranoid drug runner, in convinced that he's threatening his livelihood as a narc, marking Dieter's arrival to Crooked River more conspicuous than he'd hoped.
A beautiful written story that takes you from the moonlit beaches of Quintana Roo to the historic town of Crooked River, Florida, FEVER TREE is a story about grief and loss, but ultimately healing and finding your way again.
Released August 2, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction
Subjects: writer, harbor, grief, mystery, drugs, Mexico, Vietnam, Florida, beaches, love
FEVER TREE is the beautifully written debut novel of published poet Tim Applegate. His poems, essays and short fiction appear in the Florida Review, The South Dakota Review, Lake Effect and The Briar Cliff Review among many others.
He is the author of the collections At the End of Day, Drydock, and Blueprints. He lives int he foothills of the coastal range of western Oregon.
The author gives the reader a variety of characters without loading you down with too much. You get a drug dealer (Teddy Mink), love (Maggie Paterson) and your protagonist, Dieter. What a mix! You as the reader get caught up in this story as the author pens his first novel. I liked that the story is written as chapters or more like scenes. I felt for Dieter and his dealing with a tragedy that occurred in his life. He has other troubles as well. When he arrives in Crooked River, he was a stranger and the people of the town weren't sure about him. The author will keep you guessing as to who Dieter really is. The people of Crooked River, Florida arent' sure either. Could he be dealing drugs in town? Or could we flip the sides? Could he be a narc? I felt he was a narc but as I turned the pages, I wasn't so sure. I liked the romance that starts to build when Maggie Paterson sees Dieter naked in the pond, without knowing him or that she would fall in love. What is Dieter really doing in Crooked River? Will Maggie and him fall in love? What will happen to the local Drug Lord? Written with a steady pace as you turn the pages, you won't be able to let go. You'll fall in love with the character, Dieter, no matter who he is and the ending may surprise you. This is book one of a three part series. Looking forward to book two soon.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Amberjack Publishing in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
I would give this book 5 STARS.