Book: Fractures - A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery by Mike Markelcategories: Book, Mystery, Murder, LDS, Alcoholism, Fracking, Montana, Crime, Mormon, Fiction, Police Procedural
Mike Markelabout this book: The idea for Fractures was born when I saw a video of a disgruntled rancher who had leased his property to a fracking operation. He's standing at his kitchen sink. He turns on the tap, takes out his lighter, and produces a small fireball of burning methane. I knew that I wanted to write about fracking.
But my series is set in central Montana. Through some research, I learned that there is indeed fracking a couple of hours to the east. I was happy.
Fractures is the fifth volume in the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series. As in the four previous books, the narrator is Detective Karen Seagate. She is 42, a recovering alcoholic who is trying to figure out how to deal with her disease, a by-the-book chief, and a world that, in general, makes little sense. She wants to dislike her young partner, Ryan Miner, a cheerful Mormon with a wife and 2.5 kids, but with this, as with most of her life goals, she fails.
The title of the book refers to hydraulic fracturing, of course, but because I like my titles to pull their weight, you can expect to see some other fractures in the book. Karen Seagate is responsible for one of them.
Seagate remains foul-mouthed, cynical, rude, depressed, and insubordinate. She lies constantly and assumes that most of what people say is untrue. She expects nothing good to happen to her and is rarely surprised. She's too high-maintenance for most men and for all bosses. Really, the only thing she has going for herself is that she is extremely good at figuring out which liar is also a killer.
I want to thank the many readers of the previous four books in the series--Big Sick Heart, Deviations, The Broken Saint, and Three-Ways--who have gotten in touch with me. I appreciate all your comments. And I hope you're willing to give Fractures a try.
A few reviews on Amazon:
• "I started Fractures this afternoon and finished it tonight. It's that good."
• "The perfect who-done-it. I was hooked from the first page."
• "As always, reading the Seagate and Miner book series is a wonderful experience, like friends dropping by unexpectedly. I hated that I finished the book so quickly but it was difficult to put down."
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