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Death Assemblage (Signed First Edition)

Susan Cummins Miller

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New York: Texas Tech University Press [2002]. First Edition. First Printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket, very fine/very fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket wrapper. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. [c4] 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # cat32

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Title: Death Assemblage (Signed First Edition)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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The first of the Frankie MacFarlane SeriesThe mountains west of Pair-a-Dice, Nevada, hold mysteries geological, historical, and personal. Geologist Frankie MacFarlane has mapped the Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks of the range for the past three summers. In the final week of her dissertation fieldwork, she searches for an elusive final key to her research: a limestone marker bed—a death assemblage of fossil ammonoids—hidden by dangerous, shifting talus. But as Frankie strives to piece together her geologic jigsaw puzzle, the denizens of Pair-a-Dice, her base of operations, embroil her in a web of ancient and recent murders, a manhunt, kidnappings, and blackmail.A thirty-truck town, fifty miles from anywhere, Pair-a-Dice boasts two restaurants, three bars, seven pool tables, twenty-one slot machines, and a motley assemblage of misfits, including Diane Laterans, a punk schoolteacher who wears her Phi Beta Kappa key from her ear; Isabel Elorrio, crusty ex-marine and motel proprietor; Lon Bovey, rancher and would-be congressman; Walker, a mute handyman; the Anderson brothers, hooligans claiming kinship to infamous Bloody Bill; and a stranger, E. J. Killeen, U.S. Army, retired. Two bodies are discovered near Interstate 80, disrupting Frankie’s research. Are the killings linked to Killeen, to the new waitress in town, to Frankie’s ex-fiancé, who disappeared four months ago, or to older violence, the clues of which Frankie discovers in the mountains?Frankie’s environmental sensibilities and her grasp of geologic and human continuums make her truly a woman—and sleuth—of the new millennium.

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Near Pair-a-Dice, Nevada--a "thirty-truck town"--Francisca "Frankie" MacFarlane is unraveling a fossil puzzle that could bring her a professorship. Heading home, she finds human remains and encounters a stranger who warns her of a serial killer. Then her friend is murdered, and a manuscript that could be the key to solving the crime disappears. Frankie dodges death three times before she unravels the puzzle that links the fossils, the murder, and the manuscript. This fast-paced, edgy debut combines a suspenseful plot, well-drawn characters, and rich atmosphere. Although the pace slows some prior to the climax, and the geology is sometimes hard to follow--"death assemblage" is the paleonlogical term for fossils brought together after death--Miller vividly captures mountain and desert life, and she offers fascinating and unsettling insights into western history and the lives of ranchers. Recommend this to fans of Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kearney series, James Doss' Shaman novels, and Beverly Connor's archaeology thrillers. John Rowen
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