- Series: Em Hansen Mysteries (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's; 1st edition (January 20, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312984456
- ISBN-13: 978-0312984458
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,449,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fault Line (Em Hansen Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – January 20, 2003
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“Graphic, frightening, and entertaining use of earthquake science...readers may never look at rock formations with the same innocence.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The Resourceful and Intelligent Hansen Makes a Terrific Series Heroine.” ―Booklist
“Em Hansen is rapidly carving out a niche for herself.” ―Publishers Weekly
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Praise for the novels of Sarah Andrews
"The most intriguing complexities in Fault Line lie with Em's own character."-Washington Post
"Em Hansen's seventh well-paced outing...Em Hansen is rapidly carving out a niche for herself as a forensic geologist...and may eventually make her field as popular as that of forensic anthropology or medicine."-Publishers Weekly
"The resourceful and intelligent Hansen makes a terrific series heroine...What has made the series shine has been the amount of "hard science" that Andrews, a professional geologist herself, was able to work into the stories."--Booklist
"A fine series."-Library Journal
"Compulsively readable."-Houston Chronicle
"An entertaining story...[Andrews] has a winning detective in Em Hansen."-Dallas Morning News
An Eye For Gold
"Suspense every step of the way...[with] twists and turns that will keep you turning the ages."
-The Press Democrat
"Em Hansen is plucky and smart...the mystery is complicated and absorbing."-Booklist
"[Em Hansen] is a clear-thinking, straight-talking heroine whose unabashed naivete is endearing."-New York Times Book Review
"Andrews...has become a leading light.... Her novel is a suspenseful mystery spiked with dinosaurs, science, and religion: what more could a reader ask for?"-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The latest Em Hansen is by far the best...Andrews makes the most of her paleontological background. She clearly knows her subject and, unlike many crime writers, she does not use the surroundings merely as window dressing. The novel is, in addition to a fine mystery, a lively 0exploration of the high-stakes world of dinosaur research and perceptive rumination on the debate between science and creationism."-Booklist
"Geologist Em Hansen's adventures become more and more intriguing with each new book...A most fascinating tale."-Romantic Times
"Appealing characters and fluent prose."-Library Journal
"The fifth Em Hansen novel is a fabulous blending of science and sleuthing that readers will fully relish...Sarah Andrews may be writing the best scientific mysteries this side of the medical thriller."-Harriet Klausner, Painted Rock Reviews
"Memorable...Bone Hunter knows its stuff when it comes to weaving the geology of [this] state into a crime as plausible as today's headlines."-Salt Lake Tribune
Only Flesh And Bones
"Her tale contains a canny, entertaining mixture of elements.... The intersections of new money and old ways of living in the West find a convincing chronicler in Andrews."
-Washington Post Book World
"Andrews handles [the] possibilities with a sure hand as she introduces an endless supply of secondary characters whose company is a delight. Thoughtful and uncertain, Em is especially appealing as she makes the quiet point that murder involves more than flesh and bones... After a few more cases, geologist Em Hansen may be as tough as the best of her sleuthing peers, but her vulnerability offers singular pleasures to current readers."-Publishers Weekly
"[A] fine mystery with an edgy and vulnerable heroine... There's action and passion, introspection and suspense. Em is smart company, and we learn her mind and heart along with her."-Booklist
"In the fourth book in the series, Andrews moves away from the rig to issues of mothers, daughters, and ranch life. But she continues to tell a good story."-New Orleans Times-Picayune
"A slick, endearing heroine...We tore through this novel." -Seventeen
"Em Hansen is one of the most interesting characters in recent mystery fiction-a strong woman with believable weaknesses and none of the smugness or coyness which bog down other, better-selling series heroines."-Amazon.com's Mystery Editor
"One of the finest elements of an Em Hansen mystery is female characters who are strong, lindependent and intelligent... [a] marvelous mystery."--Douglas (Wyoming) Budget
"Complex and engaging... Snappy dialogue and fully realized characters, especially the immensely appealing Em, turn the field of geology into a fascinating background for a mystery."-Publishers Weekly
"Mother Nature is an intriguing who-done-it. However, what turns this into an interesting tale is the deeply developed characters (especially Em) and the brilliant insight into geology. Surprisingly, the geological aspects of the story are...extremely fascinating."
-Midwest Book Review
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An Eye for Gold (Em Hansen Mysteries),
but it's gotten worse.
This might not be so hard on Em, except her professional life isn't going so swimmingly, either. She's trying to work on a master's program and not earning much money to pay for it. Lucky for her, she's waken from her sleep at 4:14 am by a 5.2 earthquake, just before the 2002 Winter Olympics start in Salt Lake City. It's not that Em is hard-hearted, but earthquake damage is just the thing that could bring work her way as a forensic geologist.
Along the way, Em befriends Pet Mercer, reporter, who's first by-line after the quake starts like this: "In an extraordinary coincidence of events, Utah's state geologist was killed today just hours after the largest earthquake recorded for the Salt Lake City section of the Wasatch fault in almost half a century."
Needless to say, trouble does seem to follow Em, after all, our hero has more than a sneaking suspicion the the geologist was murdered. And, as usual, it's going to get Em in trouble.
I am one of those people who loves the Em Hansen mysteries for the great characters, interesting information and unusual mysteries. As such, I'm not a fan of spending so much time on her love life.
But getting beyond Em's love life, Sarah Andrews uses frequent humor and great descriptions. Here's Micah Hayes, SLC developer with a misogynist bent, inspecting the ambitious Katie, visiting in his office: "Patrician in all the most presumptuous ways. High gut-level intelligence, unperturbed by the consumptive forces of intellectuality. ... Unusually pleased with herself today. She's up to something. Look at the way she flaunts those breasts, like money she's about to spend."
Each Em Hansen book tackles a different area of geology, and I always find it interesting. "Fault Line" is about earthquakes, how they move, how they're measured. "An Eye For Gold" is about prospecting, mining and processing gold. Now I can't wait to start the next, "Killer Dust", about how dust from the great African Sahara and burning garbage dumps is wafting over to Atlantic to the Western hemisphere. I'm looking forward to it!
Incidentally, though SLC has had some moderate earthquakes (geologically) recently, the 5.2 earthquake in the book is fictitious.
problems explain why I find all her books quite hard slogs to get through. But the geology was great. I'd recommend this one to anybody interested in learning more about the geology of the Rocky Mountains from an interesting perspective.
The book takes place in heavily faulted Salt Lake City. Geologist (and informal investigator-in-training) 35-year-old Em Hansen is shaken awake about 4 AM by an approximate 5.3-level earthquake. She gets caught up in the two murder investigations of a geologist and a reporter who are out to expose earthquake damage in public structures, but which developers want covered up. Furthermore, we are drawn far into the Mormon world, and society, of Salt Lake City. Along the way, we also learn a lot of interesting science and geology. If you enjoy science at all, you will LOVE this whole mystery series.
I absolutely loved the main character. She has a lot of interesting friends, and an interesting, but very realistic life. In addition to this mystery, this author has a lot to say about life (through what her characters are experiencing) and gives her readers a lot to chew on.