In a Huey gunship squadron in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Ross Teemer, an overly conscientious firstborn, has a mentor suddenly transferred, a good friend go over the edge, and his best friend go missing in action. Major “Bull” Angus couldn’t care less about Teemer’s problems. He’ll squash anyone to keep his Lieutenants in line and his secret agenda on course—even if he has to kiss up to the Green Berets, steal secret messages from the squadron files, and subvert the squadron’s secret CIA mission. Teemer, still burdened by his childhood experiences with an enemy within, finally puts the pieces of the mystery together. Now he must decide to listen to his friends and forget about it or intervene in the Major’s vindictive attempt to win the unwinnable—a desperate move that could turn the Vietnam War into WWIII. Teemer’s decision creates problems he never imagined and forces an action that makes aviation history.
Cobra pilot Ross Teemer has killed for the CIA. Now he never wants to kill again. Love found on a beach will do that to a young man, even a Marine. But the father who haunts him, the CIA who needs him, and the Marine Corps who owns him, want on one more mission. Soviet pilot, Colonel Ivan Petrov, former advisor to the North Vietnamese, has left Soviet control to run his own operation out of Laos, and he knows why the CIA wants one more mission. Americans are so soft, so gullible. Sometimes a man must do what he's never wanted to do, and be what he's never wanted to be. Even if he's been betrayed, and even if he's on a one-way mission.
In this cozy murder mystery, retired detective Nathan “Nate” Hawke tells the story of how he solved his first murder. Set in 1955, Nate is a precocious junior high student known as a liar and prankster. His dog Superman is a wise-cracking mutt with attitude, his mom is a working single mother, his frail grandfather keeps a secret in their garage, his bossy teenage sister is in love with an armed hoodlum, and the local detective has designs on his mother. What could go wrong? That fall season, at dusk, while in the woods with Superman, Nate stumbles upon a corpse, and only his mother believes him. To prove to the local police he’s not the liar he used to be, Nate will have to recruit two friends and his spunky mother, then solve this case on his own. But can he dodge the bullets and escape the killer (or killers) to do it?
Superman, Nate’s bow-legged, beady-eyed mutt, has done it again; his bulldog rump has followed his bloodhound nose to the scene of another crime. What kind of person would decorate a Christmas Tree with a corpse? In this second book in the Four Seasons series, Detective Lewis, Nate, Charlie, Chipper, and Nate’s spunky mom have a laundry list of suspects, including a tobacco-spitting Goliath, a jilted lover, and an abusive entrepreneur. Each has a motive and the means, but which one had the opportunity? And who would kill a guy that everyone liked? That is, almost everyone. Also, does his mother get a date with Detective Lewis, is his teenage sister in love again, and can Nate solve this murder without confirming his unfortunate reputation? When Nate realizes the meaning of the clue the victim left behind and confronts his suspect, Nate is the one left bleeding.