The Path of the Tapir

The Path of the Tapir

Chloe Summers and Peyton Paddington travel to Costa Rica on a lark. For these two free-spirited, college-age girls, it’s a find-yourself, sort-out-your-life trip filled with sun, surf, sex, and the awakening of an eco-consciousness. Good times.

When they turn up dead—burned in a mysterious fire on the property of a palm oil company—private investigator Philip Millege, hired by the company, arrives on the scene to uncover the truth and locate the missing male expat, Ellis Hayden, who was seen with the girls on the night of the fire.

Millege enlists the aid of several locals—a bartender and kayaking guide, a solitary Boruca Indian, and a reclusive house tender—as he explores the territory. The hunters soon become the hunted when an unknown and unregulated mercenary joins the chase and raises the stakes to terrifying heights for locals and foreigners alike.

Seeking answers to the deaths of the girls, Millege confronts a shifting view of his own life and his place in the world. In a heart-pounding read, The Path of the Tapir exposes the price of environmental despoliation and the communion of grief and blame and its deadly consequences. $4.99 on Kindle.

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