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Dead Dry (Em Hansen Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006

4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 10 of 11 in the Em Hansen Mystery Series

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From Publishers Weekly

When a corpse with its fingerprints removed is found crushed under a gravel-pile avalanche, Em Hansen gets on the case in Andrews's 10th mystery to feature the Utah forensic geologist (after 2004's Earth Colors). An unmistakable tattoo allows Em to identify the victim as Afton McWain, but what was the eccentric Colorado environmental activist doing in Salt Lake? Em hitches a ride with Fritz Calder, a charter-plane pilot friend, to Colorado, where McWain's ex-wife and current live-in "nature girl" reside. No love is lost between the suspicious pair, who both consider themselves heir to McWain's off-the-grid ranch, which is surrounded by hungry developers whose financial interests don't mesh with his findings about water availability in this drought-stricken region. As Em and Fritz weather their way through missed romantic signals, ominous clouds gather over the ranch, where Em collects evidence. Andrews may wander from scientific dissertations to romantic reveries and inadequately fleshed-out subplots, but fans of information-packed suspense should be satisfied. (Dec.)
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From Booklist

Readers will enjoy digging into Andrews' latest entry in the Em Hansen series, which finds the spunky geologist helping police investigate the death of an acquaintance crushed beneath a load of gravel. Before coming to Salt Lake City and taking a job with the Utah Geological Survey, Em had worked with the victim, a prominent geologist named Afton McWain. Solving the crime means Em must work closely with her former boyfriend, Detective Tom "Ray" Raymond, who has plenty of unresolved feelings for Em. Complicating her love life further is Fritz, a handsome pilot with whom friendship is beginning to turn into something more. Although some of Em's lengthier monologues on geological phenomena might cause readers' eyes to glaze over, Andrews, herself a geologist, does impart some interesting information about Earth, particularly concerning ground water, which just might provide a motive for Afton's death. Working with Em to solve the case is feisty police detective Michele Aldrich; the relationship between these two strong, smart women is a highlight of the story. Another engaging chapter in a rock-solid series. Jenny McLarin
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Product Details

  • Series: Em Hansen Mysteries (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312937369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312937362
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Forensic geologist Em Hansen is living in Salt Lake City, Utah, and working for the Utah Geological Survey when she is called in to help with a murder. A body has been found buried in a gravel pit and a wall of gravel has fallen on it.

Unfortunately, Em recognizes a tattoo on the body (not much else is recognizable) and it is someone she knows: a well-known geologist from Colorado, Afton McWain. Em knew both Afton and his geologist wife, Julia.

Michelle Aldrich, the sheriff's deputy in charge of the case, asks for her help in notifying McWain's now ex-wife in Denver. Em flies to Denver with her pilot friend Fritz Calder, and then becomes enmeshed in the investigation.

McWain owned a ranch in the Castle Rock/Sedalia area south west of Denver, and was involved in helping some anti-development people in the area stop more houses and golf courses being built. One of the possible developments was the ranch right next to his, and they needed McWain's ranch for an easement.

McWain had been an expert and made a lot of money in oil exploration. He was retired, but interested in ground-water research. Wells for both homes and ranches in the area were drying up; the water table was getting lower and lower, and the finite water resources were being used up at a prodigious rate. There are many possible suspects in McWain's death: an attorney, a developer, a banker, and Gilda, the strange woman he had lived with on the ranch since he divorced Julia.

Andrews is known for her fascinating explanations of geology, and this book does not disappoint. Her description of the area around Denver and the water problems the area faces is riveting. She is a professional geologist and a licensed pilot, in addition to being an award-winning author.
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In this new Em Hansen mystery, Sarah Andrews manages to recapture the charm of the earlier books in the series, and gotten past the dreadful Killer Dust. Hansen finally has a full-time job, working for the Utah Geological Survey, which adds some plausibility to her consulting work with Utah law enforcement. She is brought in when a body is found crushed at a gravel quarry, which leads Hansen and a female detective to Colorado, where a plot involving real estate development and dry wells ensues. It's still not clear why the police would want Hansen to be so intimately involved in a murder investigation, and interestingly another forensic geologist appears in this novel who does some geology that is more crucial to the investigation than anything that Hansen does. Her ex-fiancee, Ray, is back in a rather srange sub-plot. Nonetheless, the book is entertaining and does supply insights into groundwater geology. The scientifically interested reader should not put too much stock in Andrews' misleading discussion of thunderstorms, however.
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Format: Hardcover
First her neighbor Fritz Calder comes to get forensic geologist Em Hansen to accompany him for breakfast when Salt Lake City Police Detective Thomas "Ray" Raymond arrives to have Em look at a nearby corpse. Though the victim is buried under gravel from a collapsed quarry wall with only a leg is sticking out. Everyone of the workers has been accounted for so no one knows who the victim could be and why he was there.

Though the fingerprints are gone and his visage battered beyond recognition, Em recognizes a tattoo that enables her to identify the deceased as Colorado staunch environmentalist Afton McWain. Fritz flies her to Colorado to inform McWain's former spouse and her current female partner, who both deem they earned his ranch while development vultures circle the battling females coveting McWain's land. All the while Em digs into the dirt to find that trace of evidence that ties a Colorado killer to a Utah homicide.

The tenth Em Hansen, Utah's only forensic geologist, is a terrific who-done-it that keeps the audience following the heroine's delightful scientific explanations of the clues she finds that no one else understands. Her "romance" with Fritz still sputters, but that adds to the overall fun of observing this consummate professional in the field struggle with affairs of the heart. Though some sidebars are unneeded cul-de sacs, fans will appreciate Em's latest digging in the dirt gem.

Harriet Klausner
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Really deserves a 2.5, but there's no rating for that, so I rounded up. This one was better than the frighteningly dreadful "Killer Dust" and the almost-but-not-quite-as-bad "Earth Colors". As a practicing hydrogeologist, I found the plot somewhat implausible and the science somewhat "fluffy". Like another reviewer, I also wondered why a homicide detective would drag Em along into the investigation-I also question whether or not Utah (or any other state) has a "state forensic geologist". And if they did, it would probably be someone with better qualifications than an entry level geologist with only a master's degree.

Aside from these points, the book was OK, although the characters seemed one dimensional and the plot pretty weak. Oh, and the storyline involving the ex-fiancee Ray, was very strange and didn't really seem to contribute to the plot (or anything else.
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