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|About the Author|
Richardson is an 8th generation Vermonter, and a University of Vermont
graduate. He began his business career in locomotive sales and service,
then moved on to administrative positions, also in
Vermont. He left the business world to serve three terms in the
Vermont House of Representatives.
So, at the end of his service in the House, Gary decided to write a mystery novel.
LEGISLATIVE BODY, set in
Vermont, is based upon his own observations while he was in the Legislature.
He followed it with four more books in the series, His fifth book, ACROSS
STATE LINES , is now
available. , and it carries his real name
has been singing bass in an award-winning barbershop quartet for the
past 25 years. He and his wife Barbara, a super-critical
proofreader, live in a small town in Southern Vermont. He has served on
the school board, and as Justice of the Peace, and is currently on
the Board of Directors of the Fish and Game club, as well as a local
"Shakedown in the Mountains"
Bill Parker rides again. The subject of this Bill Parker mystery is the combination of two well-known Vermont institutions that Parker discovers have a different private agenda from their public one. These two institutions have found a way to discourage any serious investigation of their agenda, and at the same time, squeeze money from Vermont taxpayers.
into their efforts brings danger and intrigue to the
otherwise placid existence of rural Vermont. The out-of-state
reader can justifiably wonder, "Is my state next?"
"The Legislative Body"
Fans of murder mysteries, politics, and Vermont and its characters, will enjoy this book. Following the death of a fellow legislator, Vermont State Representative Bill Parker discovers that Vermonters are in serious danger from a political agenda that has been advanced over the past thirty years. While attempting to expose what he has learned, Parker discovers that the threat has reached deeply into every part of the lives of all Vermonters. His personal life, his business, and his family and friends, become targets of a determined and ruthless enemy, with a climax on the floor of the Vermont House Chamber.
In this second book in the adventures of former Vermont State Representative Bill Parker, he is once again confronted with the unexpected death of an old friend. As an executor of his friendís estate, he uncovers a plot so monstrous that he doesnít believe it could be happening. But when the lives of his loved ones are threatened, he begins an investigation that takes him to northern Vermont, Colorado, and Arizona, on the trail of a killer, and into the worlds of dry-fly fishing, and postage stamp collecting. A final confrontation takes place in rural Grand Isle County in Vermont, where Bill puts his life on the line.
Bill Parker, former Vermont State Representative, is asked by an old friend and reporter in the Vermont media to help her with a problem she has come upon while researching an article for her newspaper. Her problem seems to Parker to be one that is not at all as serious as she believes, but he is glad to help her by checking into her claims in a quiet way. This simple investigation leads Bill into the world of politics, environmental activism, and national non-profit organizations, and places him in a situation where danger is his constant companion. The final act of his investigation takes place at night in the back streets of Vermontís capital city, Montpelier, where the danger and death become all too real.
Gary Richardson IS Robert A. Pittman. Pittman is a pen name.Early on it seemed like a good idea, but as things developed, and "Legislative Body" took on a life of its own, Gary decided it was time to use his own name. In both Shakedown in the Mountains, and his book Across State Lines
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