|Sarah Andrews: An Eye for Gold|
Martin's Minotaur (Paperback), ISBN 0-312-97792-1
The FBI offers unemployed forensic geologist Em Hansen a job acting as an assistant in a fraud investigation involving a billion-dollar gold mine in Nevada. At the same time, the mother of Em's Mormon boyfriend makes Em uncertain about the future of any romantic relationship with the man. A fire rages. Someone kills a woman who may be a whistleblower before she can publicize the environmental impact of an impending mining operation. A geologist disappears. Native Americans provide some mystical elements. Then we meet a bunch of rodents, which seem to be either endangered or spreading. Determining which qualifies as a major detecting job all by itself.
I really wanted to like An Eye for Gold, but I spent more time going back, trying to find where I lost the thread than I did enjoying the book. The obscurity of the plot is a shame, because Em proved to be an engaging character. Not only that, I'd like to visit Nevada and learn more about what a forensic geologist does. From An Eye for Gold, I think Em works as a detective. I think.
Of course, I could just be having a bad hair day -- something it helps to remember whenever you read anyone's opinion of a book.
Patricia Lucas White
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