First in the series. I found this a little slow and confusing for a while, due to the fact that I know nothing about oil drilling. The pace then picked up and it turned out to be a good story. I'll read the others in the series.
As one of only two women connected with an oil-drilling rig, "mudlogger" Emily ("Em") Hansen endures sexual innuendo, a drunken trailer-mate, and long hours.But then two suspicious deaths within a week make her even more leery of her surroundings.The first death claims Em's mentor Bill, a careful man whose car skids out of control; next to go is young Willie, apparently crushed to death by wild horses.Afraid at first to articulate her misgivings, Em limits her actions to visiting the "crime" scenes, then taking notes, and finally sharing her concerns with a trusted co-worker.
even if you have no interest in oil drilling or geology ..her books are always interesting
This first book by Andrews is just as relevant now as it was when published. Anyone interested in the problems of resource drilling in the western US should read this book. Em is a bit anguished about her personal life but a very good sleuth all the same.
A excellent read. I will definitely be reading other books in this series.
I love books written by authors who intimately know the nature of the protagonist's work because it enhances the believability of the story. Em Hansen and Sarah Andrews are both geologists who know the oil business, so while the story is fictional, all the technical references contribute to a tale that rings true in so many ways. A real page turner! I've read all the books in the Em Hansen series, and I highly recommend them.