"Strong sleuthing and interesting geological information"
Everyone expects earthquakes to hit the California
coastline, but no one was ready for the 5.2 quake to hit
Salt Lake City just weeks before the Olympic Games
commence. The Utah State geologist Dr. Sidney Smeeth
provides an interview that warns of damage to key
structures, but the local TV stations without explanation
cut off her talk.
Not long afterward, Sidney is found dead apparently a
victim of a fall from the patio of her home. Though a
local police matter, FBI agent Tom Latimer wants to insure
that the death was not murder to cover up a geological
problem that could endanger the upcoming visitors. He asks
his friend Em Hansen, perhaps the only current unemployed
geologist in the Salt Lake area, to evaluate and give an
opinion on several Smeeth reports. However, he does not
want this amateur to get involved in the actual
investigation. Still Em cannot help but find the political
FAULT LINES that shake the core of the city and state
leaving her at the epicenter of the inquiry.
The latest Em Hansen geological mystery is the best
tale to date of a marvelous series that provides the
audience with strong sleuthing and interesting geological
information intertwined into the story line. The plot
engages the audience as Em gets involved in another
mystery. The support cast provides a local flavor that
enhances the lead protagonist. FAULT LINE is an amateur
sleuth tale worth reading while Sarah Andrews' previous
novels are worth digging up at the used bookstores.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 2, 2001