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Product Details

  • Series: Allison Coil Mysteries
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: People's Press; First edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981781098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981781099
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stevens, a former journalist, has an eye for well-paced narrative, vivid characters and telling details." - High Country News, August 2011

"If you've wondered what all this frenzy over natural gas and fracking is about, you'll find your answer here. Mr. Stevens has written an excellent mystery, and I look forward to the next volume in the series." - Shirley Wetzel, Over My Dead Body

"This tangled skein of conflicts keeps the reader hopping along." - Glenwood Springs Post-Independent

"The book's strength isn't in its handling of the nation's debate over gas drilling, but in showing how when it comes to environmental causes, people on all sides of an issue can be driven to extremes in pursuing their agendas." - Grand Junction Sentinel

"Once readers have sampled this Allison Coil novel, they will want more. Good western stories don't grow on trees these days, and Stevens provides real entertainment and food for thought about where the New West is heading." - The Durango Herald.

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"Buried by the Roan is flat-out terrific. Everything you expect from a first-rate mystery is here: savvy sleuth--Allison Coil, hunting guide on top of her game; gorgeous Colorado mountain setting; gripping story where the pages practically turn themselves; and eloquent writing to boot." -- Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect

"Great dramatic writing, fast-paced narrative, and I loved every minute I spent with Allison Coil." -- Helen Thorpe, author of Just Like Us

More About the Author

The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts, graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and, four years later, from Principia College in Illinois. He has worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. He also worked as producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and in school public relations. Stevens is married and lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters.



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry M. Wightman on August 21, 2011
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Out here in the flatlands, sometimes, you can see for miles and miles. Approaching weather can be seen miles off. There is time to prepare. And landscapes are logical. The vectors line up--lines over straight lines, right angles. Roads cross in an orderly fashion. But in Mark Stevens' wonderful, new Buried by the Roan, none of this flatland order applies--nothing makes sense and a clear alpine lake is more than just a pretty scene. It's a dark mirror with secrets that mean life and death for mountain guide and outfitter Allison Coil and billions of dollars for the gas industry.

From the first atmospheric high-country page, Stevens' world of peaks, forests, mesas, heroes, villains and creeps, comes at you like a winter storm at ten thousand feet--it's dangerous and exhilarating. The reader is plunged into a cold rocky mountain torrent of beautifully written prose and intricately crafted mystery. Like the click of a well-made box--or the sudden snap of a twig in the dark, somewhere beyond the light of the campfire--Buried by the Roan is an immensely satisfying, rare pleasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter A Stevens on August 21, 2011
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A compelling story, a worthy hero and social relevance are centerpieces of this 2nd "Allison Coil" novel, but much more is in store for fans of Mark Stevens' mystery series as well as those discovering it in this installment.

The characters run the gamut - from mild to extreme (but never cartoonish) - and you can relate to, loath or care about all of them. The plot is intricate but not confusing, and the narrative keeps you engaged, delighted and terrified - taking you through mountain trails and into clandestine meetings as though you were there.

The ending is satisfying - wrapping up the loose ends and story threads as well as the political / social issues that the characters, through their varied perspectives, have helped define.

I'm ready for #3!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 29, 2011
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This book grabbed me right from the beginning. Although not much happens in the opening pages of the book, Mark Stevens deftly builds a sense of mystery and foreboding right from the start. I've read both Allison Coil mysteries and hope these are the first of many. I especially liked the way he handled the politics of the fracking issue as he wrapped up the story. Won't say more than that. No spoilers here. This is a good read. I had trouble putting it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Roy on August 28, 2011
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This is the second Allison Coil mystery I've read, and I'm happy to report that the story and characters were compelling enough to keep me up late at night, trying to figure out who did it! I didn't figure it out, but Allison did with her unusual cast of supporting characters. Well researched and well paced, I'm already looking forward to the third book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kaness on August 23, 2011
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Buried by the Roan lives up to my expectations after Mark's first book, Antler Dust. Allison Coil is a dynamic character and the story line keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. A wonderful story that addresses current issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Booth on August 10, 2011
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Mark Stevens expertly ushers everybody's favorite Allison Coil back to the mountains where she belongs, for a timely thriller that will keep you guessing and have you burning the Coleman lantern late at night to finish. "Buried by the Roan" is a terrific followup to "Antler Dust," and sets wrangler Coil at the heart of an intricate plot of intrigue, deception and devious human shenanigans. As always, Stevens manages to weave in a hearty dose of everyday living, loving and yearning. Allison Coil is the classy, capable friend everybody wants -- thanks to "Buried by the Roan," you can follow her for another life chapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Harvey on August 8, 2011
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If Buried By The Roan proves to be 1/2 has good as Antler Dust, then readers are in for a real treat. Allison Coil is a fantastic character. The Flattop Mountains in northwestern Colorado are a wild and unique setting. And Mark Stevens is the perfect writer to take all of us readers into the back country for another intriguing murder mystery. If you haven't read Antler Dust, I recommend you buy both!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Conover on October 27, 2011
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Since I finished this book last weekend, I miss being out on the Flat Tops, I miss the buffalo and the trails, and I miss Allison Coil, my hunting guide. (Not to mention a certain back-to-nature fanatic and his smelly cave.) Mark Stevens has fashioned an appealing, unusual world for his drama, and a terrific heroine. I know that the crooks have to go down at the end of a mystery but I'm almost sad they did - were they still at large, I'd still be out there too, oiling my rifle and tracking elk (and villains) with the pros.
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