Hell's Creek: An O'Toole Novel

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iUniverse, 2003 - Fiction - 208 pages
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After Bill Banes is killed in a spectacular but mysterious car bombing in England, O'Toole volunteers to go to London to bring back his friend's remains. Before he knows it, he's involved in a many-leveled conspiracy that becomes much more complicated than the murder it initially appeared to be.

O'Toole follows up on the one consistency in the sketchy chain of evidence: Bill Banes' continuing fascination with a 1978 earthquake in the western United States.

From the hundred mile visibilities at the peaks of the Little Belt Mountains, to the subterranean murk of the Lombard Fault in Western Montana, he is once again up to his ears in trouble, straying far beyond his jurisdiction as an employee of Structure—the small and super-secret agency that does the jobs that are too sensitive for the CIA and the FBI—and proving yet again that no good deed goes unpunished.

With the aid of Elmer Linthacum, who runs a small town Exxon station, and Becky Sparling, the loving daughter of a multimillionaire cattle rancher who has interests that go beyond his fourteen thousand acres, O'Toole manages to unravel the mystery and avoid getting sewn up—or blown up—in the process.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
13
Section 4
17
Section 5
21
Section 6
25
Section 7
28
Section 8
33
Section 21
102
Section 22
108
Section 23
114
Section 24
122
Section 25
132
Section 26
140
Section 27
145
Section 28
149

Section 9
37
Section 10
40
Section 11
43
Section 12
48
Section 13
52
Section 14
56
Section 15
61
Section 16
65
Section 17
70
Section 18
76
Section 19
85
Section 20
95
Section 29
156
Section 30
161
Section 31
166
Section 32
170
Section 33
177
Section 34
181
Section 35
187
Section 36
191
Section 37
196
Section 38
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PATRICK FOX is a Minneapolis-based photographer who spends time away from the camera flying a bush plane and tending 160 forested acres around his cabin in Northern Wisconsin.

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