A twenty-year newspaper reporter and television producer, Mark Stevens has spent thirty years in the Colorado outdoors. Antler Dust is the first in the Allison Coil Mystery series.
Antler Dust: An Allison Coil Mysteryby Mark Stevens
"The number of fine Colorado crime writers just increased by one. Mark Stevens shows the adept touch of a seasoned mystery writer and displays the avid affection of someone who knows and loves the mountain wilderness. Antler Dust is a wonderful, compelling debut you won't find a fresher, more satisfying new voice." - Stephen White, best-selling author of… See more details below
"The number of fine Colorado crime writers just increased by one. Mark Stevens shows the adept touch of a seasoned mystery writer and displays the avid affection of someone who knows and loves the mountain wilderness. Antler Dust is a wonderful, compelling debut you won't find a fresher, more satisfying new voice." - Stephen White, best-selling author of Kill Me and Missing Persons
"With laudably unsentimental prose and sure command of character, Antler Dust takes us on a dark hunting trip through the snowy Rockies. Pitting a tough but vulnerable heroine against a killer out to bag more than elk, Mark Stevens gives new meaning to the term trophy kill." - Stephanie Kane, best-selling author of Seeds of Doubt (Scribner) and Extreme Indifference (Scribner)
"Reading Mark Stevens is like reading Ken Follett at his best. Stevens takes a superbly drawn main charactera woman who is as sexy as she is resilientand throws her into a maze of jeopardy that hooks you right down to the last page." - Mark Graham, author of The Harbinger (Henry Holt) and The Fire Theft (Viking Penguin)
"A high-country thriller that takes the classic Western and turns it on its head. Packed with offbeat characters, tightly written and loaded with great scenes." - Philip Reed, author of Bird Dog (Pocket Books)
Antler Dust begins with a bang. Two bangs.
On the opening day of the hunting season in the Colorado Flat Tops wilderness, two men go missing. The first is a hunting guide. The second is an animal rights protestor who believes his creative suicide will galvanize the animal rights movement.
Hunting guide Allison Coil hears a distant rifle shot and sees just enough through the swirling snow to believe somebody knows something-and isn't coming forward. But what exactly did she see? Outfitter George Grumley fends off the formal investigation and works to discourage Coil’s persistent inquiries. Grumley knows no limits in his effort to protect his guide service, which caters to fat-cat clients. Who needs hunting regulations when technology can produce the quickest and most thrilling hunt that money can buy?
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I think this was a good first novel for the author, but I had trouble with the main character, Allison Coil, a female hunting guide. No problem with a female hunting guide, but she had no prior experience. Her former job was back in the East where she'd been employed in an advertising firm. The author never describes where Allison gathered her horseback and packing talents or her knowledge of skinning an elk or deer. Just isn't credible. These are small points, but the author has a rifle hunter "caked in olive and black greasepaint. The tree-and-leaf pattern on his parka, pants, gloves, rifle, socks, backpack, binoculars and sunglasses all matched". He should have been wearing "Hunter Orange" in Colorado. Also, when Allison Coil is asked by her clients if it's OK for someone who's already gotten his deer, to fill the tag of another. She replies, "Two licenses, two guns, two hunters, two deer. No biggie." Absolutely WRONG! Sorry, my background in natural resource and wildlife law enforcement in Colorado, does not do well with statements like this, especially when this is "one of the good guys". I had trouble following the storyline at times, and would have to re-read segments. Like I said, a good first attempt. Just try harder. I have not yet read Mark Stevens newest book, "Trapline". Still debating if I should or not.
Mark Stevens is an incredible author and his use of detail in describing the Colorado mountainside is impeccable. Definitely a book I recommend to my friends.