Nature of the Beast - An Easy Taylor Mystery

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Written by Prattsville's own, Roland Keller.

Since losing his job and its regular paycheck at an Albany investigative firm, life for private investigator Edward Zachery Taylor, known as Easy, is going downhill. In business for himself—with no boss, no client, and no money—Easy’s car has been repossessed and he’s behind on his rent. Getting a referral from his friend, veterinarian Henrietta Van Vonderhueeks, Easy reluctantly accepts the assignment of finding Catskill sheep farmer Diana Hunter’s missing pit bull which may have been abducted for dog fighting.

With retainer in hand, Easy immediately places bets with his local bookie who gives him a lead that takes him into the seamy underworld of dog fighting. Then, on an errand for the veterinarian to a local testing lab, Easy encounters the bizarre genetic research being conducted there by Dr. Phyllis Steen. The two worlds converge in the lab’s secretive efforts at genetically altering the nature of beasts by transforming passive creatures into aggressive ones.

“Keller is a gifted writer when it comes to describing the details of taking care of animals and the joy and frustration they bring to people.” ― Kaatskill Life

About the Author

Roland Keller was born in New York City and later moved to the Catskill Mountains, where he still resides with his wife, Patricia. He is the author of Pardee Holler: An Easy Taylor Mystery, also published by SUNY Press, and has been the editor of PKA’s Advocate, a literary publication, for nearly three decades. Together, he and his wife raise Paso Fino horses.