In Lars Trodson’s “Eagles Fly Alone” the murder victim is most unusual – a bird! The story opens with Langley Calhoun, the sheriff of a small New England town investigating a murder reported by Antonio, an 80+ war veteran. He’d found a strange bird on his property that had obviously met foul play. Antonio is convinced that the owners of the landfill which borders his property is somehow too blame.
When the bird turns out to be an endangered species of eagle from another part of the world Calhoun’s investigation heats up. The town council does not want to upset the largest area employer and Calhoun faces opposition to his investigation. Even from his own brother with whom he’s had a lifelong rivalry. He’s aided in his investigation by park ranger and potential love interest, Delia.
The plot line of this story was very intriguing and took some unexpected twists. The narrative flows and the suspense builds throughout the book. The characters are well fleshed out and believable. It’s a great summer (or anytime) read. I’ll be looking for more from Trodson in the future.