Murder disrupts a billion-dollar oil deal STRIKE PRICE is a story about a business deal turned deadly, concluding with a plot to destroy a hidden, crucial US oil center and bring the US into confrontation with another global power. To stop the plot and save lives, up-by-the-bootstraps Lynn Dayton must trust a Cherokee elder who carries a corrosive secret. Exclusively in the print edition, STRIKE PRICE features authentic Cherokee syllabary text in clues that tie fascinating Native American history to global high-stakes drama today. "If you're looking for big business wheeling-and dealing, international intrigue, murder, mayhem and high-geared action, you've come to the right place. Toss in a charming and nervy protagonist like Lynn Dayton and L.A. Starks' STRIKE PRICE is right on the money. Well-written, well-plotted and well worth a reader's time..." Carlton Stowers - - - two-time Edgar winner "STRIKE PRICE takes the reader from Oklahoma Indian reservations to the streets of Florence, in an imaginative and well informed fusion of oil refining economics, Native American politics, and the potential for lethal mayhem in the global energy market." Michael Ennis - - - author of New York Times bestseller, The Malice of Fortune "Plan on not sleeping tonight." James Gary Vineyard - - - author of The Grave On Peckerwood Hill "Fast-paced and convincingly choreographed, Starks' novel presents a spot-on depiction of today's oil business that grips and scares and offers the reader plenty to think about." Richard Holcroft - - - author of Patriot's Blood Summary: When several people involved in bidding for an oil refinery are murdered, the situation becomes far more than a billion-dollar business deal. A self-made woman in the oil industry, Lynn Dayton fights to save lives when escalating attacks reveal a hired assassin's plan to disrupt oil trade, wreck world economies, and draw another global power into dangerous confrontation with the United States. Are the killers rogue civil servants challenging the Cherokees' financial independence, Sansei operatives again wreaking violence, or sinister investors swapping the bidding war for a real one? Lynn Dayton and Cherokee tribal executive Jesse Drum must learn to trust each other so they can find and stop the killers. Can sobering up really be fatal? How have so many of the deaths been made to appear accidental? Who's creating weapons with modern poisons and ancient Cherokee arts?
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About the Author
Starks has also written and published five short stories and numerous non-fiction articles. She's appeared at over 150 book marketing events and is active on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Goodreads, with nearly the maximum of 5000 Goodreads friends. Additionally, she served as investment oversight chair and as treasurer of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
Her favorite destination is wherever an airplane will take her. She has run seventeen half-marathons.
Books website: https://lastarksbooks.com/
Ed Fields is a Cherokee language instructor and has earned the honor of Cherokee National Treasure.
Linda Lewis was L. A. Starks' younger sister.
Table of Contents
Historical Notes and References, pp. 337
Four of Oklahoma's Native American Nations, pp. 337
Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees, pp. 338-342
Cherokee Syllabary Illustration Matrix, pp. 338
Osage Nation, pp. 343-345
Ponca Tribe, pp. 345-347
The Tulsa Riot of 1921, pp. 347-352
The Oklahoma City Bombing, pp. 352-353
The Tulsa Riot of 1921, p. 347
The Dust Bowl, 1930s, p. 351