WINNER, 2014 Green Book Festival, General Fiction.
What would you do if you were Tip Tyler? Here you are, living off the grid in pristine Rappahannock County, Va., just trying to make a new life crafting artisanal apple brandy. Your daughter hits a deer. Two deer. Two purple deer. Then you discover your neighbors are running a suspicious industrial site out here among the rolling ranches and wooded hollows. And the comely engineer Roxx Bleigh seems to be right in the middle, cavorting in the vineyards and villages with your rancher pal, Provo Starke. Suspicion turns to action as Tip falls back on what he knows best — environmental journalism — sifting through old truths with new tools in this modern-day narrative of greed, faith and fame.