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  • 05/2018
  • 9781642370171 B07D4596FY
  • 310 pages
  • $11.98
The Bone Field
World-renowned museum paleontologist, Peter Marchand, goes missing while leading a dinosaur dig in the sweltering, desert badlands of Wyoming. He has made enemies from his serial womanizing, ruthless dealings, religious blasphemy, and unorthodox theories. Hired to find him, Pittsburgh private detective Harry Przewalski uncovers a tangle of sexual deceit, betrayal, and scientific fraud. He chases Marchand across 80 million years of intrigue and death, from the bone field of petrified skeletons to the bone rooms of the museum. Ultimately, he must excavate the nightmares in his own extinct past to keep from being killed.
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Paleontologist Krishtalka (Dinosaur Plots) puts his professional experience to good use in his satisfyingly twisty fiction debut, a series launch featuring Pittsburgh PI Harry Przewalski. Harry was once a paleontology graduate student at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, until a personal tragedy caused him to abandon his dissertation and enlist in the U.S. Army; he “escaped to a war, came back with a gun and got a license to detect.” His academic background provides Harry with an advantage when the Carnegie Museum’s director hires him to look into the disappearance of Peter Marchand, one of the institution’s curators. Marchand, who was notorious for having proposed “radical theories about changes in the Earth’s climate during the Age of Dinosaurs,” vanished 10 days earlier from a fossil-hunting expedition in Wyoming. There’s one clue: the previous spring, Marchand received a threat from a Christian fundamentalist. In Wyoming, Harry exposes multiple suspects before he astutely sorts out what had happened to Marchand. This is a promising start to what is shaping up to be an intriguing series. (BookLife)
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What a pleasure to read a new mystery that is exceptional in every way. The prose is beautiful--descriptions are evocative--wonderful prose. Really delightful that it's about paleontology and field work. You will fall in love with the Wyoming Badlands, learn something about dinosaurs and digs. The author's acerbic touch makes it perfect. Plot is good, too. Can't wait for the two more promised novels in this series.

 

Kindle Reviews

When Carnegie Museum paleontologist Peter Marchand disappears from a Wyoming dig site, the Museum calls in former-paleontology-student-turned-private-detective Harry Przewalski to unravel the mystery. Krishtalka's masterful prose and implicit knowledge of his subject matter conspire to weave an unforgettable whodunit that will keep you guessing to the very end. His lyric descriptions of Wyoming's breathtaking landscapes and colorful characters (both local and academic) resonate with the authenticity of someone who's walked the walk. If you prefer well-researched mysteries with a dash of literary flare, this one's for you.

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Paperback Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781642370171 B07D4596FY
  • 310 pages
  • $11.98

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