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Forensic geologist Em Hansen uses her keen senses and fascinating scientific background to uncover the buried secrets of the most baffling murder cases. Now Em travels to a Utah paleontology conference, where a renowned dinosaur expert is found brutally murdered...making Em, his houseguest, the chief suspect. Now, dining for clues amidst a canyon of suspects like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, Ems gotta catch a killer, clear her name, and save herself from becoming extinct...
Temporarily unemployed and conflicted over a rocky relationship, forensic geologist Em Hansen accepts an assignment aiding the FBI in a fraud investigation of a billion-dollar Nevada gold mine. There are no guarantees on the frontier, and Em ends up smack in the middle of a minefield of intrigue where dead bodies, burning range fires, endangered rodents, and goldbricking employees are the order of the day. Her detecting skills are soon put to the test when the company's "golden goose" geologist goes missing, and she discovers that what glitters at the Granville mine is of a hue more green than gold. In order to get to the bottom of this complicated case, Em must throw caution to the wind and leap head first into the gaping portal where darkness rules-and the only sound is the terrified pounding of her own heart. . . . AUTHOR BIO: SARAH ANDREWS, a professional geologist and licensed pilot, lives with her husband and son in northern California. Awarded the prestigious American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Journalists Award in 1998 for her mystery writing, she also teaches geology at Sonoma State University. This is her sixth Em Hansen mystery.
FORENSIC GEOLOGIS Em has barely survived a series of life-altering events that have forced her to get to know herself all over again. Her longtime boyfriend is now a few months in her past, the future she had laid out for herself has evaporated into thin air, and her new man, Jack Sampler, has run away. Well, not run away, exactly, but has set off on a secret operation, possibly related to his job as an FBI agent, without telling Em where he is going or when he'll be back. It soon becomes clear that he's in Florida, perhaps as part of an investigation the FBI has been running on a cloud of dust moving into the atmosphere, ostensibly borne on winds from Africa, and the implications it has for global politics. But Em suspects something more sinister may be at work. Will Jack ever forgive her for following him to the southeast and butting in on his case? That is, if they get out of this situation with their relationship, not to mention their bodies, intact. With its suspenseful story, which begins in a cloud of dust and leads all the way to NASA, Killer Dust is another top-notch mystery full of the impeccably researched popular science and the complex, engaging characters Sarah Andrews's many fans have come to expect from her award-winning series.
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