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Killer Dust (Em Hansen Mystery #8)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  150 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Forensic geologist Em Hansen might finally be falling in love again. But just as she's getting closer to FBI agent Jack Sampler, he takes off on a mysterious assignment. When he doesn't return Em believes he's in trouble but only knows two things about where he's gone: Florida and killer dust. But what's the connection between the FBI and dust particles that move invisibly ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Mar 17, 2009 Chana rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A literary step above a typical mystery. The author is an intelligent woman. I was very interested in the geological information about Florida and her take on the personality traits of people who make geology their career. The only parts I didn't like were the terrorist plots and angles. I didn't think they fit or were fleshed out. The personal story was what the book was about. The most moving part of the book is the author's note. The fictional part of the book ends quite abruptly. While I enj ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
My gripes: I was hoping for a bit more forensic geology, since that is the unique draw to this series, the forensic geologist sleuth. The story in this novel revolves around a thesis that likens terrorism to stalking, which I didn't find convincing enough, though the author does draw out some similarities between these types of violence. The conversations within this novel that are about ideas, scientific or political, come across more as the sort of banter one might hear in graduate student off ...more
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Jun 28, 2012 Loradona May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked, mystery
This is from the middle of a mystery series about a “forensic geologist” named Em Hansen, though the books never show her working a lick as a geologist. This was the second book by Andrews I’d read, and I hadn’t cared for the first one I read much, but I wanted to give her a second try. In Killer Dust, the novel opens with a love scene between Em Hansen and her man, Jack Stapler. Before anything else can even happen in the novel, Jack (who’s with the FBI) gets called out on a mission and disappe ...more
May 23, 2013 Alyssa rated it liked it
First of all, this is book 8 in a series of geological themed mysteries. If you haven't read the others, don't complain about picking this book up in the middle of the series. The heroine, Em Hanson, is a generally under/unemployed geologist who finds herself in the middle of mysteries where she uses skills she's learned as a geologist to solve the mystery. Geology is a science that covers many different disciplines and the author does a good job touching on several different subjects throughout ...more
Emily Schnabl
Jan 05, 2015 Emily Schnabl rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
I am really struggling with this one. Even though I read the last book (where Jack makes his appearance), it feels like the emotional connection to him appeared out of nowhere.

Also it's taking a long time to get going.
Dec 05, 2014 Jmlwallis rated it it was ok
It's well written. Just not my taste.
Jan 07, 2010 Unwisely rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
So, now I'm caught up to the book I accidentally read out of order. This one was less bad than the last one (two?). Honestly, I'm not sure why I keep reading them - Em gets on my nerves a lot, many of the plot twists are both bewildering and cliche, and I find myself caring less and less. I should maybe stop reading them, but I'm not sure if I will. Bah.
John Rasmussen
Aug 20, 2013 John Rasmussen rated it really liked it
wonderful story, i am especially happy with the locale, my daughter and granddaughter live in the area that the story is set with the marina in Stuart, Florida playing a part in this story.
Aug 28, 2012 Ayelet rated it really liked it
Good amount of suspense - you almost begin to doubt as much as Em does. Did it have to end the way it did?
Mary Thomas
An Em Hansen mystery
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Mooched - 8th in the series
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Sarah Andrews is a geologist who writes mystery novels about a geologist.

She currently lives in northern California and invests her free time on community pursuits and flying, skiing, and sailing with her husband and son.

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