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Fever Tree

About Fever Tree:

When a handsome and mysterious stranger arrives in Crooked River, the town is consumed by rumors. Although a deeply private young man, Dieter befriends everyone from deckhands to shopkeepers. On the rebound from a disastrous relationship, the charming but hesitant Maggie Paterson falls in love. Teddy Mink, the town’s notorious, paranoid drug lord, convinced that Dieter’s a narc, formulates a plan to silence him. Maggie’s recently estranged ex, who moonlights as a drug runner for Teddy, jealously agrees that Dieter must be handled – no matter the cost.

From the moonlit beaches of Quintana Roo to the waterfront docks of Crooked River, Florida, Fever Tree is a beautifully written story that charts the surprising journey of a deeply troubled young man zealously guarding the secrets of his past.



Foreword Reviews gave it five hearts, and had the following to say about the book:


"Fever Tree, by Tim Applegate, takes its name from a band that, to people of a certain age, evoked the promises and disappointments of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Set during that era, the novel begins as Dieter, a man in his late twenties, takes up residence in the old hotel in Crooked River, Florida.


Dieter’s reticence to discuss his past sets the town gossiping and ignites the paranoia of the local drug lord. Through flashbacks deftly intercut with the present, Dieter’s story gradually becomes clear. When he meets and falls in love with Maggie, the tragedy that set him upon his journey is revealed. Crooked River is shown to be Dieter’s limbo—the place where he comes to discover where he actually wants to go.


In addition to telling a compelling tale of loss and its aftermath, the novel explores the intersection of truth and fiction. Dieter is a novelist who at first is uninterested in writing any more. Gradually he begins observing the town and its residents and writing snippets about them. During a phone conversation with his sister, he reads her the first paragraph of Fever Tree, his new novel. Later, when he retreats into drugs and alcohol, he fears that he is too like the character in his previous novel, who did everything to excess, and who ended up 'collapsed on a moonlit beach...blood streamed out of his mouth.'


Dialogue in the story is handled well, and an omniscient narration exposes aspects of the characters that they are careful to hide, generating empathy for them in the process. Even Maggie’s boyfriend, a drug mule and bouncer described by Dieter as “a peacock with claws,” elicits a modicum of sympathy. Plot twists involving Dieter’s friendship with a Mexican who is connected with Maggie’s boyfriend add intrigue and suspense to the tale.Fever Tree features strong, unique characters who face difficult challenges, and Dieter’s story is sure to resonate with those who appreciate narrative depth. Misunderstandings, crime, and love all add to this story of self- discovery."

About Tim Applegate:

Tim Applegate was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia and grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1978 he obtained a B.A. in journalism and literature from Indiana University. Tim has lived in Boston, Sarasota, Florida, and for the last twenty-two years on two acres in the foothills of the coastal range of western Oregon. For the last two decades he has owned and operated a commercial contracting business specializing in furniture and wood restoration for the hotel and cruise ship industries. In 2015 he retired from contracting to write full-time.


Tim is married and has two daughters. He grows wine grapes on his acreage, remains an avid hiker, and travels extensively.


Tim’s poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in The Florida Review, The South Dakota Review, Lake Effect, and The Briar Cliff Review among many others. He is the author of the poetry collections At the End of Day (Traprock Books), Drydock (Blue Cubicle Press), and Blueprints (Turnstone Books of Oregon). Fever Tree, the first book of a projected trilogy, is his first published novel. Fever Tree is set to be released August 2nd, 2016.


Product Details:

Author: Tim Applegate Retail Price: $13.99 Format: Available in both paperback and eBook Page Count: 232 ISBN: 9780997237733 Published: August 2016 Sales and Distribution: Midpoint Trade Books

Released August 2nd, 2016. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound.