SILVER LIES.

Parker, Ann.

ISBN 10: 1590580729 / ISBN 13: 9781590580721
Published by Phoenix, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, (2003.) dj, 2003
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Author's first novel, set in Leadville in the Colorado Rockies in 1879 at the height of the silver boom. SIGNED on the title page. Finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Map. Author's note. 410 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 52350

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Title: SILVER LIES.

Publisher: Phoenix, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, (2003.) dj

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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They all came to Leadville with the same purpose: Get in. Get rich. Get out.


As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. It's not much different than the dot.com mania or the corporate scams that heat up over a century later.


Unfortunately for Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, death stakes its own claim. Joe's body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert's saloon. Inez already had much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning and cleaning up a corpse. A lady educated on the East Coast, she has a past that doesn't bear close scrutiny, including her elopement with a gambling man who has recently disappeared.


Most townsfolk, including Inez's business parter, Abe Jackson, dismiss Joe's death as an accident. Death, after all, is no stranger in Leadville. But Inez wonders: Why was this loving husband and father carrying a brass token good for "one free screw" at the parlor house of Denver madam Mattie Silks?


When Joe's widow Emma asks Inez to settle Joe's affairs, almost against her will, Inez uncovers skewed assays, bogus greenbacks, and blackmail. Lies and secrets run deep in Colorado, secrets more likely to lead to a hanging than to today's congressional hearings or country-club prisons for the crooked and the greedy. Then again, maybe Joe's murder was purely personal....

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Ann Parker is the author of the awardwinning Silver Rush historical mystery series set in 1880s Colorado, featuring saloon owner Inez Stannert. A science writer by day, Ann lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Women Writing the West. www.annparker.net

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