Crimes of Design
A Patrick MacKenna Mystery
To save his beleaguered city, his career, his family and his very life,
Patrick MacKenna must confront a ruthless saboteur and killer.
When architect Patrick MacKenna discovers the dead body of his staunchest
advocate on the site of his controversial new town project, within hours he’s a
murder suspect. As attacks against the infrastructure increase, Patrick’s
inexplicable guilt over the death of his wife in an accident during an ice storm clouds
his logical mind and hinders his solution to the case. But who, in his nether world of
conniving colleagues, land speculators, newsmongers, venal politicians, bored
bureaucrats and greedy contractors, is attacking his city, and why?
Aided by Meg Stewart, the developer’s project manager, who must overcome her
own troubled past to help solve the mystery and win his heart, MacKenna finally
enlists the help of Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Reiner and tough, sexy FBI Agent
Bobbi Romano. As the law scours St. Louis’s underbelly and chases through Mexico
and the Mississippi valley to run down the plotters, Patrick must still confront a
ruthless killer to save his city, his family, his career and his very life.
L & L Dreamspell (London, TX), May 2012, 285 Pages
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Praise for Crimes of Design
Politics, murder, and the river. Green knows St. Louis, all right. Crimes of Design is a
tightly plotted and told urban mystery featuring plenty of action and twists and turns.
Who knew living in St. Louis was such an adventure?
—John Lutz, Edgar- and Shamus-Award-winning Author of Serial.
Fueled with skullduggery of surprising source, Crimes of Design forms a taut, classic whodunit.
—Johnny Goldstein, 2011 Faulkner/Wisdom Finalist for An Elegy for the Lost City
Peter Green’s Crimes of Design—a "flood-plain noir" mystery—weaves a complex tale
of murder, eco-terrorism, love, lust and betrayal. Set in St. Louis at the confluence of
the great Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the novel dredges up fascinating facts about
the rivers' pivotal roles in Midwestern Americana— wetlands law, floods, barge traffic,
levees, locks, pumping stations, agricultural commodities trading, corn futures, and
how they all interrelate.
—Rick Skwiot, author of Key West Story
Peter Green’s latest techno-thriller Crimes of Design weaves a tale of murder, intrigue,
romance and suspense … the geographical terrain, the history of the Midwest and his extensive
knowledge of the inner workings of the federal government contracting system, the private
construction business and the United States Army Corps of Engineers…This book achieves the
right mixture of everyday life, mystery and technical detail that is sure to satisfy.
— Colonel (Ret) Michael R. Morrow, , Former District Engineer, St. Louis District, U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Author of Kuwait Journal, a collection of his original art work and journal
entries from the first Gulf War.
St. Louisans are one group who should enjoy Crimes of Design by Peter Green.....
because Green...sets his novel in city locatons instantly recognizable to anyone who
lives here. But waterways people should also enjoy it. That’s because Green—a retired
architect who worked closely with the Corps of Engineers on many projects—makes
his plot revolve around dams, locks, and waterways, with authentic details that will
likewise be familiar to river rats...the novel moves along briskly in true noir fashion. Its
hero, Patrick MacKenna, is...a world-weary noir protagonist with a dead wife, a difficult
daughter, and a drifting personal life, not to mention some shady colleagues.
— David Murray, The Waterways Journal