Although I write for Hale as Ross Morton, some of you might be interested in my latest release from Crooked Cat Publishing. It highlights aspects about illegal trade in products from endangered species and people smuggling - modern-day slavery.
BLOOD OF THE DRAGON TREES
Available from Amazon.co.uk - http://goo.gl/fsLk3X
Tigers slaughtered to cure pimples!
Laura Reid likes her new job on Tenerife, teaching the Spanish twins Maria and Ricardo Chávez. She certainly doesn’t want to get involved with Andrew Kirby and his pal, Jalbala Emcheta, who work for CITES, tracking down illegal traders in endangered species. Yet she’s undeniably drawn to Andrew, which is complicated, as she’s also attracted to Felipe, the brother of her widower host, Don Alonso.
Felipe’s girlfriend Lola is jealous and Laura is forced to take sides – risking her own life – as she and Andrew uncover the criminal network that not only deals in the products from endangered species, but also thrives on people trafficking. The pair are aided by two Spanish lawmen, Lieutenant Vargas of the Guardia Civil and Ruben Salazar, Inspector Jefe del Grupo de Homicidios de las Canarias.
Very soon betrayal and mortal danger lurk in the shadows, along with the dark deeds of kidnapping and clandestine scuba diving…
This topical thriller is Nik Morton’s 18th published book. It should appeal to anyone interested in Spain, crime thrillers, or romantic adventure!
TopicalityLast year, over 25,000 elephants were illegally killed for their ivory. – National Geographic, October 2012.
A British woman was arrested in Tenerife for stealing rhino horn from the Offenberg museum. A single horn can fetch £200,000 on the black market. This year 455 white rhinos have already been killed illegally. – The Courier, October 26, 2012.CITES urges transit and destination countries to take urgent measures to implement their plans by July 2014: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2013/20130516_elephant_action_plan.php