Into Thin Air

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Mountain man, ex-hippie, and single father, Sheriff Kurt Muller feels like an outsider in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado. Old enough to remember Aspen's more rustic years, Muller can't quite get used to its new identity as "Glamour Gulch," where ski bums, Latino migrant workers, and extravagant jet-setters live in uneasy proximity. In this volatile mix, Muller finds his personal code of justice is more and more at odds with the compromises of elected office. But there's nothing ambiguous about a dead man ...
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Mountain man, ex-hippie, and single father, Sheriff Kurt Muller feels like an outsider in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado. Old enough to remember Aspen's more rustic years, Muller can't quite get used to its new identity as "Glamour Gulch," where ski bums, Latino migrant workers, and extravagant jet-setters live in uneasy proximity. In this volatile mix, Muller finds his personal code of justice is more and more at odds with the compromises of elected office. But there's nothing ambiguous about a dead man floating down Roaring Fork River. A beautiful doctor identifies the John Doe as an acclaimed Argentine journalist, and Muller, drawn in by her stories of brutality and corruption in Argentina, skirts the edges of professional behavior - until she vanishes while under his protection. Implicated in her disappearance and suddenly the FBI's target in a drug-trafficking case based on his radical past, Muller searches desperately for a way to clear himself and protect his family from sinister forces on either side of the law. As he presses closer to the truth, Muller confronts Aspen's changing ethos and, ultimately, an unresolved family tragedy that has haunted his life.

Sheriff Kurt Muller recalls when his hometown of Aspen in the breathtaking Colorado mountains was home to only a few rugged individuals like himself. But now, the rich and famous have turned his turf into "GLamour Gultch, " and brought a dizzying wave of crime into his life, from drug trafficking and international child theft to a shattering personal tragedy.

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When Kurt Miller, ex-hippie sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, finds a body in the Roaring Fork River, he plunges into a complex case involving Argentinian terrorists, local politics, his own marital problems, and doubts about his suitability for the job. Resigning, but continuing to investigate, he is forced to confront his past, including his Vietnam vet brother's mysterious suicide. Zigal develops male and female characters well, including a Hunter Thompson-type who would be at home in a James Crumley tale. The author keeps an intricate plot going, knows his Colorado scene, and creates a main character readers will want to meet again. This is an unusually fine first mystery and should win many fans who will rejoice to learn that Zigal is working on a second Muller story. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/95]-Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
George Needham
Kurt Muller, the hippie sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, has grown into the job over the years. He warily watches the growth of Aspen, the county seat and his hometown. He misses his brother, a suicide, and his ex-wife, who mysteriously abandoned Kurt and their son, Lennon, to live on an Oregon ashram. He maintains his easygoing demeanor, not hassling potheads or illegals, but keeping the big-time drug operators off his turf. He obsesses over unsolved cases and still rues the day TedBundy escaped from his custody. When an Argentine diplomat is murdered at a local seminar on world peace, and the arrest of several suspects turns into a bloodbath, FBI agent Neal Staggs, Muller's nemesis, sees an opening to force the unconventional sheriff out of office and, with any luck, straight into prison. Zigal has written an outstanding first novel: he introduces a textured, fully developed detective, places him in a rich environment ripe with fictional possibilities, and surrounds him with a terrific supporting cast. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440222514
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/2/1996
  • Series: Kurt Muller Mysteries Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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