In New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross's propulsive thriller, set amid the drought-stricken oil country of Colorado's beautiful high plains, Ty Hauck makes his long-awaited return rallying beaten-down farmers and ranchers against a giant energy company in a deadly confrontation involving murder, retaliation, and cover-up.
Leading a tour down the rapids outside Aspen, Colorado, whitewater guide Dani Whalen comes upon the dead body of a close friend. Trey Watkins's death is ruled an accident. Finding evidence that seems to back up her suspicions that it wasn't, she takes her case to Wade Dunn, the local police chief and her ex-stepfather, with whom she shares some unresolved history. Wade insists the case is closed, but Rooster, a hot air balloon operator in town, claims he saw something from the air she should know. When he suddenly dies in a fiery crash, Dani threatens to take her suspicions public, goading Wade into tossing her in jail.
When an old friend contacts Ty Hauck and says his daughter is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to get involved. Together, the two step into a sinister scheme running deep beneath the surface of a quiet, Colorado town that has made a deal with the devil to survive. But in the square off between giant energy companies and beaten-down ranchers and farmers, one resource is even more valuable in this drought-stricken region than oil. They both will kill for it—water.
One Mile Under is a thrilling rapid run of hair-raising twists and unforeseen turns set against one of the most provocative environmental issues of our time.
At the outset of bestseller Gross's engrossing fourth thriller featuring ex-cop Ty Hauck (after 2010's Reckless), white-water guide Dani Whalen is leading a group down Colorado's Roaring Fork River in a raft. To her horror, she discovers the body of Trey Watkins, an experienced outdoorsman and her good friend, in an overturned kayak. A witness claims Trey wasn't alone on the river that day, but Sheriff Wade Dunn, Dani's ex-stepfather, won't listen to her claims of foul play, even when the witness turns up dead, and he throws her in jail for her own good. On hearing she's in trouble, Hauck, Dani's godfather, comes to the rescue. What he finds is a shadowy cover-up and a drilling company, RMM, which has anything but the town's best interests at heart. Large corporations putting environmental (and human) concerns far behind profits is a familiar, but timely, scenario, and RMM is chock full of menacing characters willing to do the dirtiest of work. This David and Goliath story will thrill series fans and newcomers alike.
First time I've read a book by this author. It won't be the last. I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
One mile under
As an avid reader of fiction , I find myself always waiting anxiously for the next Gross book , and wondering as I read , whom the best actors to play the characters from the movie I just ' read ' , Thank You Andrew Gross , until we meet again ...
Not as good as expected
I am a big Andrew Gross fan but this book was not as good as his other books.