The Blight Author:John Creasey Christmas Valley, California: A young man, puzzled and disconsolate over the death of a friend on a camping trip, leans against a huge California fir tree -- and it topples ov er, crumbling to dust. The astonished rangers rush through the forest to confirm their worst fear: the trees are all suddenly dead of a mysterious blight. — Dr. Palfrey,... more » the head of 'Z5,' an international protective organization, is informed immediately and rushes to California...All over the world trees are suddenly, horrifyingly, struck down.
Palfrey finds himself baffled by the catastrophe. Ever worse, his staff begins to realize that, for the first time in his career, Palfrey may be defeated, even hopeless. His determined will and confidence have disappeared and instead he seems restless, unhappy, resigned to failure.
This latest of the Dr. Palfrey series portrays a world in fearful chaos, waiting on the whim of a single person who can destroy -- or bring back to life -- the backbone of the world: its forests.« less