"A thriller that will shake you up"
Thirty-four years old Fritz Tulley is a tenured
professor at a prestigious Texas university. The teachers
and students at the college consider the daredevil a bit of
a golden boy not just because of his youthful academia
success, but because he is a maverick risk taker. His
future is rosy until he meets and falls in love with
Marnie, whose husband uses his clout with the university to
get Fritz fired.
Fritz returns home to his family's isolated Maryland
estate, but resides in a ramshackle cottage doing drugs and
screwing himself into oblivion. His one passion is bird
watching in the swamp adjacent to his shack. He's busy
taking pictures of the birds when he sees a plane land
nearby with three men exiting before one is shot. He later
finds out the victim is a Russian stationed in Washington
DC and the corner of the land where he was shot belongs to
James Roach, an Undersecretary of State with a very shady
reputation. Although Fritz does not report the shootings
to the police he has done some investigating on his own,
which places him and those he cares about in danger.
Even though BIRDS EYE VIEW is a very serious thriller,
J.F. Freedman has a breezy light-hearted style of writing.
Thus, when something actually happens to one of the
characters, the audience feels shock and disorientation.
Although Fritz is no saint he is a decent person caught
between a rock and a hard place. Even so, he is trying to
do the right thing by bringing a criminal to justice. He
is the kind of character that readers want in a series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 19, 2001