TELLURIDE – The fate of The Roan Plateau and the controversy over energy development are at the heart of Buried by the Roan, a mystery by Mark Stevens, a trade paperback original published by People’s Press this August. Stevens will sign copies of this sequel to his best-selling Antler Dust at Between the Covers on Monday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to New York Times best-selling author Margaret Coel: “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.”
Stevens has “has an eye for well-paced narrative, vivid characters and telling details,” according to High Country News.
Set in the Flat Tops Wilderness and surrounding communities of Glenwood Springs and Meeker, Buried by the Roan, the second in Stevens' Allison Coil Mystery Series, takes on the subject of “fracking.”
Antler Dust was a Denver Post best-seller in 2007 and again in 2009. People’s Press is publishing a paperback edition of Antler Dust to be released simultaneously with the sequel.
“People’s Press is extremely pleased to be publishing this title,” said Mirte Mallory, head of People’s Press. “The book is timely, given the controversy over what’s happening on the Roan Plateau, but it’s also highly entertaining and hard to put down. Western Colorado readers will enjoy the scenery and the settings. Buried by the Roan is topical but not preachy, and it features one of the most intriguing protagonists in modern mystery fiction, hunting guide Allison Coil. Fans of Western mysteries like those from C.J. Box, Margaret Coel and Craig Johnson will find lots to like.”
In Buried by the Roan, one of Coil’s clients turns up dead on the shore of Oyster Lake, deep in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Buffalo ranch owner Josh Keating apparently died following a drunken, late-night stumble on a sub-zero night, but Coil learns he was in the middle of a bitter feud with a world-class environmental zealot, a man who was also his neighbor. The trail of questions leads to the battle over natural gas exploration in the nearby Roan Plateau. The drilling is seen by some locals as a welcome windfall or riches and by others as reckless and dangerous, given the chemicals that energy developers inject deep underground to make the natural gas easier to extract.
The author has worked in school public relations in Denver and Greeley, and as a reporter for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Christian Science Monitor, as well as field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Stevens is married and has two daughters.