Troubled Waters

A Hunter & Holmes Mystery

Book 8
Hal Peterson Media Services
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It’s July. Beautiful summer weather and time off from school should mean a relaxed vacation for Jason Hunter. Instead he finds his future filled with uncertainty. Jason has been told by nearly everyone he knows, including Daniel, his best friend and detective partner, that he needs to take time off from any detective work after the brutal attack he and his steady girlfriend Laura experienced a few months earlier. Jason has recovered physically from his injuries, but finds himself completely isolated from Laura. Laura’s parents have taken her on an extended European vacation. As a result Laura completely missed Daniel’s six-city band tour in June. The only communication from her Jason has received in that entire time was a letter and a postcard with no return address. Jason is beginning to have serious doubts that they are still a couple. Jason’s friend Cody has taken it upon himself to help Jason out. He has invited Jason to spend the month of July with him in Malibu. Part of his therapy for Jason is to get Jason away from his Silicon Valley scene and teach him how to surf. Cody is a good teacher and his plan for Jason begins to work. Then a second letter arrives from Laura casually mentioning some of the boys she has met in Europe. Jason decides that maybe he should start meeting other girls, but is still conflicted inside. One day while touring in nearby Oxnard, Cody and Jason discover that a local beach has been closed due to toxic pollution discovered in the water and meet a fellow surfer burned by the pollution. Infuriated, Cody joins a local stream team to monitor the nearby Calleguas Creek, the source of the pollution, and to help search for the polluters. Soon he talks Jason into acting as an armchair detective to help him figure out how the polluting was accomplished. Back in the Silicon Valley, Daniel and his band have taken some well deserved time off after their tour, but soon are wanting to get back into the studio to create new tracks for their second CD. Although the band is unified in the direction that they want to take, their record company has other ideas about what they should be doing. Their summer is further complicated when a large amount of their band equipment is stolen after a performance at a private party. Without Jason around, Daniel must take the lead in trying to discover who was responsible for the theft. At the end of July, Daniel, Eric, and Diana drive down to Malibu to visit Jason and Cody, but when they arrive, they discover that both of their friends have gone missing that morning! Now the pressure is on Daniel to figure out what happened to Jason and Cody before it is too late. Troubled Waters is the eighth book in the Hunter & Holmes mystery series. The lazy days of summer suddenly turn into an action filled adventure for Jason, Daniel, and Cody.
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Hal Peterson Media Services
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Sep 15, 2014
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267
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9780982101483
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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Senior Year Part 1 is the ninth novel in the Hunter & Holmes Mystery Series. The Senior Year mysteries are being released as full color graphic novels. In part 1, Jason Hunter and Daniel Holmes have just begun the first semester of their senior years at Merriam High School in the Silicon Valley. They are both looking forward toward enjoying this important time in their lives with their steady girl friends Laura Friesen and Diana Miglione. Additionally Jason is a member of the school’s basketball team who will be defending their northern California championship, while Daniel and the other members of his band, Eric, Tim, Nick, and Jonathan are working on their second CD and developing a relationship with Rowan Holt of the BMA Entertainment Agency. The last thing they needed was a new mystery to work on, but when Anthony Briseño, one of the trumpet players in the school jazz band goes missing, Daniel and Jason feel compelled to act. Did Anthony run away from home or were there more sinister reasons behind his disappearance? Captain Garcia and the Silicon Valley Police quickly step in to investigate and later the FBI becomes involved. Jason, Daniel, and the authorities soon discover that family ties are an important factor in what happened to Anthony. Later, a second case comes up during a cheating scandal at school, when fingers are pointed at several of the basketball players. Jason acts to preserve the honor of his teammates and ferret out the cheaters. A third challenge comes from the appearance of a small boy, Eloy Sanchez, found alone at a fast food restaurant. Eloy’s family has apparently been victimized by human traffickers, forced to work long hours in a sweatshop packaging cosmetics. Eloy stowed away in their delivery truck to get help for his parents, but doesn’t speak English and doesn’t know where he and his parents have been staying. Two Merriam High School girls notice Eloy and contact Jason’s Network. After Jason is notified about Eloy, he brings along Mariano Rodrigo, Jason’s basketball teammate to translate and enlist his family to watch over Eloy. Word of their intervention with Eloy quickly spreads around campus. Now Jason and Daniel must get to work, with everyone expecting them to solve the case, bring down the traffickers, and reunite Eloy with his parents. Then Jason, Daniel, and their friends can get back to enjoying their Senior Year.
Teenagers Jason Hunter and Daniel Holmes are enjoying the carefree days of summer. Their lives are radically changed when Jason, while walking through City Park in broad daylight, goes missing. There is no sign of a struggle, Jason's cell phone went strangely silent, and no one in the surrounding neighborhoods saw anything. Jason is a bright, athletic, and well-adjusted kid, with no apparent problems in his life, an unlikely runaway. Unfortunately that means that he was kidnapped for ransom or somehow caught up in a crime. Jason is from a middle class family, who are comfortable enough, but not wealthy. No one had been stalking Jason, and Jason didn't even know he was going to City Park until that morning. The police missing person's unit is unable to find any significant clues. The mystery is further compounded by complete silence from the kidnappers, leading the police to fear that he was taken by predators. As the days pass, Jason's parents and friends become increasingly depressed and desperate. When there finally is word from the kidnappers, things are even more confusing! After his release from captivity, Jason has a lot to deal with: the police investigation, his medical condition and need for counseling, the news media, his loss of self-confidence as he deals with the emotional and mental turmoil of being kidnapped, and his puzzlement as he tries to understand why he and his parents were chosen for this crime. His best friend Daniel is angered by the treatment Jason received, because it means that no one is safe until the kidnappers are caught. This puts a real damper on the summer for Jason, Daniel and their friends. Daniel instinctively knows that Jason will never recover from his ordeal until he discovers the ‘who’ and the ‘why’ of his kidnapping. Eventually he is able to persuade Jason to check his fears of reliving the horror that he went through and the detective team of Hunter & Holmes was born. But can two amateur detectives succeed in discovering what the police have been unable to find out?
The second novel in the Hunter & Holmes series, Double Fugue continues to chronicle the adventures of Jason and Daniel that summer. The title refers to the two intertwining stories of the book, and the psychological impact that its events have on the two people Jason and Daniel assist. The main story line involves Daniel and his chance meeting with rock star Ethan Savage who is retiring from the music business and planning to give away most of his huge fortune from recording and publishing rights. When Daniel accidentally witnesses Ethan's mysterious disappearance and replacement by a double, he become involved in a very strange and troubling set of circumstances that end up having a major impact on his life. Daniel also discovers that there are many facets to music as he explores the pop side and learns about the concert/classical side through his interactions with Ethan Savage, Jason's friend Robert Fischer, and local educator and conductor David Molinari. The other story line in Double Fugue begins when Marilyn and Jorge Ferreira, Jason's neighbors from down the block, knock on his door one evening and tell him how worried they are about their young nephew, 14-year-old Eric Acosta, who lives in Springdale, a small Monterey County town 70 miles south of the Silicon Valley. Eric apparently has been attacked, but refuses to talk about it with anyone, and seems to be withdrawing from communication with any adult, including his very concerned mother. Marilyn thinks that maybe Jason could get through to him, and asks him if he would be willing to try. Based on his own experiences as a crime victim and what he is told by the Ferreiras, Jason immediately senses that Eric has been victimized by a cruel predator. Jason and Daniel, along with their adult friend and advisor, Mr. Joe Connor, quickly set out to visit Eric and try to get him to reveal what happened. What they discover and become involved in is quite disturbing and gut wrenching! The book includes 43 full color illustrations, a “musical” graphic design, and a bonus musical score.
When The Chips Are Down is the third novel in the Hunter & Holmes Mystery Series. Spring break turns out to be anything but that for teenagers Jason Hunter and Daniel Holmes. They agree to help their friend Richard Liu and his father Junjie try and figure out what is going on at his father’s work place, the DCC Chip Company, which has been recently plagued by hijackings of their new line of computer chips. Richard is worried that the company will go out of business and his family will lose everything if something isn’t done to stop the thefts. While looking for a young friend, Jason and Daniel stumble onto what appears to be another hijacking of DCC chips. Convinced that the thefts must be an inside job, Jason and Daniel pose as reporters from their high school newspaper to tour the plant and meet the employees. The second element of the story starts with the urgent and desperate plea of Teresa Barnwell, a young girl living in a foster home. She asks Jason to visit Camp Chinquapin, a boot camp for teenagers where Timothy Wilkinson, a mutual friend of theirs, has been sent. Teresa is convinced that Tim is being mistreated at the camp. In the past two weeks he has disappeared from the camp roster, all mail to him as been returned, and his parents were told that he has been sent to anger management training. The boys then travel up to the Yosemite area with their friend and advisor Joe Connor who is remodeling a cabin home he owns near the park. They are planning to hike around Yosemite and help out Joe. When kids at the camp confirm that Tim and another kid named Cody did not get along with the camp authorities, were constantly being treated harshly, and believe that the two have been taken somewhere to be forced into submission, Jason and Daniel mount an all out campaign to find Tim and Cody before serious harm comes to them. This turns into one of the most interesting cases for Jason's Whatever Foundation, when they meet up with Martin Severino and Dominic Sanchez, two ex Navy SEALs who agree to help them out. Later they team up with Captain Garcia of the Silicon Valley Police to smoke out the criminals in the DCC case.
School is out, but the lazy carefree days of summer are soon filled with more adventures for the Hunter & Holmes detective team. Jason and Daniel have a very unusual meeting with Enrico Feraducci, a Mafia godfather who has a special request for them. Jason and Daniel travel with Joe Connor to southern California to try and broker a reconciliation for him with his estranged daughter and grandchildren. Daniel begins rehearsing with his band as they work on creating their sound and search for a keyboard player. Although Daniel is initially opposed, he and Jason go hear a recital by Nicolo Feraducci, very talented and gifted young pianist. After the performance, they meet and make friends with him. When Nick hears about Daniel's band, he wants to audition for it. But Nick has some serious issues in his life. Recently he has been threatened and attacked by a mysterious stranger who somehow is able to enter his house at will. Jason and Daniel are determined to help Nick and protect him from further attacks. Nick is Enrico's grandson, but Caterina, his widowed mother has shut off nearly all contact with Nick's grandfather, because of his illegal activities. Captain Garcia leads a task force to try and solve a string of missing children cases in the town of San Matthias. Soon Jason and Daniel become involved in the investigation. Jason's relationship with Laura and Daniel's relationship with Diana have major developments. Many of their mutual friends, Eric, Rebecca, Timothy, Teresa, Chauncey and the A List basketball team all have interesting changes in their lives. All these things and more are in Family Matters, the fourth book in the Hunter & Holmes Mystery Series.
Here, in these places ... There is no money. It is hard for you to understand, but there is not even a coin sometimes. There is only dust.' He paused and stared at me and his eyes were hard. 'It has become a very costly human urge,' he said, 'this thirst.' I looked away. 'There is opposition,' he said. 'Small bands of men and boys who attack the reservoirs. Many are killed. Others leave for the city. Like me. I left. I joined the army because they were asking for men. Then I became a company guard, to guard the water against my own people.' In a country long gripped and devastated by drought, water has become the priceless commodity over which a deadly war is being waged. In remote towns and villages, far from the safety of the city, the resistance does what it can to oppose the company whose guards ruthlessly secure and control the water supply, but each small victory merely seems like one more step towards eventual defeat. When an unexpected rain leads a group of water security guards to a town long since thought abandoned, they find an old woman, identified only as Mother, and four girls in a classroom. A journalist, two aid workers and a doctor arrive soon afterwards, and what they discover defies ordinary explanation. When strange, dislocated fragments of Mother's story appear in the media, a young writer is intrigued enough to set off on a journey to find her, a journey that will take her deep into the heart of a broken country in search of a truth that no one wants uncovered.
Senior Year Part 1 is the ninth novel in the Hunter & Holmes Mystery Series. The Senior Year mysteries are being released as full color graphic novels. In part 1, Jason Hunter and Daniel Holmes have just begun the first semester of their senior years at Merriam High School in the Silicon Valley. They are both looking forward toward enjoying this important time in their lives with their steady girl friends Laura Friesen and Diana Miglione. Additionally Jason is a member of the school’s basketball team who will be defending their northern California championship, while Daniel and the other members of his band, Eric, Tim, Nick, and Jonathan are working on their second CD and developing a relationship with Rowan Holt of the BMA Entertainment Agency. The last thing they needed was a new mystery to work on, but when Anthony Briseño, one of the trumpet players in the school jazz band goes missing, Daniel and Jason feel compelled to act. Did Anthony run away from home or were there more sinister reasons behind his disappearance? Captain Garcia and the Silicon Valley Police quickly step in to investigate and later the FBI becomes involved. Jason, Daniel, and the authorities soon discover that family ties are an important factor in what happened to Anthony. Later, a second case comes up during a cheating scandal at school, when fingers are pointed at several of the basketball players. Jason acts to preserve the honor of his teammates and ferret out the cheaters. A third challenge comes from the appearance of a small boy, Eloy Sanchez, found alone at a fast food restaurant. Eloy’s family has apparently been victimized by human traffickers, forced to work long hours in a sweatshop packaging cosmetics. Eloy stowed away in their delivery truck to get help for his parents, but doesn’t speak English and doesn’t know where he and his parents have been staying. Two Merriam High School girls notice Eloy and contact Jason’s Network. After Jason is notified about Eloy, he brings along Mariano Rodrigo, Jason’s basketball teammate to translate and enlist his family to watch over Eloy. Word of their intervention with Eloy quickly spreads around campus. Now Jason and Daniel must get to work, with everyone expecting them to solve the case, bring down the traffickers, and reunite Eloy with his parents. Then Jason, Daniel, and their friends can get back to enjoying their Senior Year.
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