New novel explores tree theft in New Zealand

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Author Peter Rankin pens new book based on real-life events, ‘Stealing the Trees’

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Inspired by real-life events, author Peter Rankin crafts a romantic thriller set in New Zealand, “Stealing the Trees” (published by iUniverse).

A newly released prisoner, known as Plod, moves to Putangitangi in a remote part of rural New Zealand to start a new life, but becomes the victim of a series of attacks and arson on the new home he is building. Together with a woman detective, with whom he later becomes involved, Plod sets out to find the perpetrators responsible for terrorizing him.

Plod comes to realize that the attacks are part of a complicated series of criminal activities. Determined to find answers, his quest will take him from the streets of Auckland to illegal tree-felling operations in the forests of Northland.

An excerpt from “Stealing the Trees”:

“As the car came roaring back up the long driveway towards the house, I stepped out onto the porch and waited; it was too far away for any shots to be effective yet. The driver must have picked up his two mates along the road. He spun the car onto the lawn so that both of them could get a shot at me. I could hear the lead whipping past me and the dull phut as they struck the linear board of the house. When the car was almost level, I leapt down the six or so steps and sprinted towards it. They were shooting as fast as they could, but because the car was bumping over the uneven surface at speed they had little hope of being accurate.”

Addressing timely issues of timber theft and the challenges facing today’s police investigations, “Stealing the Trees” tells a multi-dimensional, fast-paced story that will appeal to readers from all walks of life.

About the Author
Peter Rankin has been writing as a hobby since the 1990s, drawing ideas from his knowledge of police work. He has had one short story published and another commended in a short story competition. Born in South Africa, Rankin lives in Auckland, New Zealand, and is at work on a second novel set in South Africa.

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