Stephanie’s Stepside: Episode Three

Hope from Toxic Ground

by Lonnie Mair



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/18/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781665573009
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781665572996
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781665573016

About the Book

In this second sequel to Stephanie's Stepside, the first book by Lonnie Mair, Episode Three, Hope from Toxic Ground, continues Mair’s seamless blending of eco-thriller, love story, murder mystery, and Central California travelogue. In this episode Mair’s graduate student protagonist, turned California governor supported, eco-scientist researcher, Stephanie Carson, is back in the poisoned fields of the western San Joaquin Valley, with government support by a research team continuing her research, in the effort to restore to productivity the huge, once fertile semi-arid lakebed of the ancient Tulare Lake region of California, known as the Central Valley. Accompanying her, is Stephanie’s restored, customized and beloved, classic Chevrolet Stepside pickup. Again, serving as companion, portable laboratory, library, and goodwill emissary, not to mention transportation, to and from the fields. In this follow up, Mair demonstrates the importance of close political ties to high office in Sacramento in order to impact change in those California fields. Hope from Toxic Ground highlights the military arm that the California governor can exercise to effect change, as well as the restraints that are placed on the implementation of that force. In this episode, Stephanie takes the evidence of deliberate toxic poisoning that she and her team have amassed, to the World Court in the Netherlands to get monetary recompense for the reclamation of the Central Valley. Supporting her efforts are Ethan, her husband, his ranch hands and the research team she was awarded by the California University at Davis and new-found friend, the California Governor, and the governor’s National Guard Military Police commander, Leigh Hunnicutt.

About the Author

Lonnie Mair is a retired high school teacher. Over the course of over thirty years in the high school classroom, he taught many subjects, but perhaps the one in which he spent the most time, was in teaching English and composition. After retirement, other responsibilities consumed the years. The characters brought to life in Stephanie’s Stepside took on a life of their own and the developing scenario led to the sequel which became Stephanie’s Stepside Episode 2: Blood on Toxic Ground, and now Stephanie’s Stepside Episode Three: Hope from Toxic Ground.