When a block of coal the size of a stove shoots out of the wall, miner Amos Blevins barely has time to react before the entire area is flooded with water. He frantically tries to rescue his crewmates, but in an underground space that is pitch black and too cramped to even stand up, he can barely crawl to safety himself. Inspector Will Murphy is sent to investigate, ordered...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Minotaur Books
(first published 2010)
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Hazard, Kentucky is a small town. The biggest revenue for this town is the mine. Amos Blevin and several other men were working down in the mines when a cave in happened. Amos rescued his fellow co-workers. Inspector Will Murphy has been sent to investigate the cave in. It seems to be an accident but then why does it seem that the local authorities are hiding something including Will’s brother? Will investigation will lead him to a place where the truth just may hurt him. There is no turning bac...more
Though I really enjoyed this book, I have had sci-fi and computer-geek books that didn't go over my head as much as some parts of this book did. I wouldn't say that a working knowledge of coal mining and its language are a must, but it would definitely work to your advantage. Aside from that, the tension between characters was great and I couldn't wait to see how they were resolved, the sub-plots woven throughout the book were entertaining and did not distract from the overall plot and there was...more
A story about coal mining in Kentucky. Jeez, I learned more than I cared to know about the hazards, politics and history of coal mining. I have a greater appreciation for the men who have spent their lives and often ruined their health, digging it out of the earth. I understand now, why my grandfather left the silver mines and moved his family from the Tintic mining area of Utah so his sons would never have to go into a mine for a living.
Good blending of what seemed like more than 1 storyline throughout the book of mining disasters, family guilt, Appalachian traditions, etc. It was of particular interest to me since years ago I had traveled to Hazard KY as a "union rep" for my hospital so I could picture the "hollers" and hear the accents in my head.
A well-written first novel set against the back drop of a Kentucky coal mine. The author knows his subject well, and although the mystery elements are a bit predictable (even if the protagonist doesn't get it), the characters are well-drawn, making this an enjoyable, taut read.
I picked this book because it was nominated "Readers Choice" at my local library. I was not impressed from the beginning but kept plowing ahead to find the jem so many other local readers had found. Sadly, I did not find it. I found the book tedious, the characters unrealistic, and the plot slow with the end predictable too soon in the story.