By Gardiner Harris
Whilst a block of coal the scale of a range shoots out of the wall, miner Amos Blevins slightly has time to react earlier than the complete sector is flooded with water. He frantically attempts to rescue his crewmates, yet in an underground area that's pitch black and too cramped to even rise up, he can slightly move slowly to protection himself. Inspector Will Murphy is distributed to enquire, ordered by means of his superiors to transparent issues up speedy so the mine can reopen. in the end, if the mine closes, then miners lose their jobs, and so do mine inspectors.It appears a hassle-free coincidence, yet Will senses whatever suspicious approximately this case—or perhaps he is simply lashing out at his older brother, who has usurped his position as inheritor to the largest mining corporation in japanese Kentucky and proprietor of the flooded mine—but Will has determined he will not enable this one move, no matter what it may fee him.Before he can get a ways, Will's witnesses begin turning up lifeless. And Amos, who refuses to stick to his boss's orders to mislead Will approximately stipulations within the mine, unearths the little he has threatened. jointly, those males will examine that during the mines, lifestyles, family members, funds, and tool all come from one thing—coal.Drawing on his 4 years of reporting at the coal mines of Kentucky, Harris has painted a brilliant portrait of rural Appalachia, superbly shooting where and tradition of the mining group whereas weaving a fancy and taut tale of homicide and corruption.
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1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-312-57016-3 1. Coal mines and mining—Kentucky—Fiction. 2. Mine accidents—Fiction. 3. Accident investigation—Fiction. 4. Brothers—Fiction. 5. Family secrets—Fiction. I. A78285H39 2010 First Edition: March 2010 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To T George Harris, whose passionate embrace of ideas has always inspired me ACKNOWLEDGMENTS First, I’m grateful for the patience of my wife. Writing this book increased the burdens on her, and I couldn’t have done it without her support. The book also results from my years writing from Hazard, and I wouldn’t have been much of a reporter if not for the help of many.
Detective Freeman stood up silently and stepped toward the door. “Oh, thanks for your cooperation, Mr. Benedetto,” the detective said on his way out. The kid nodded absently. Outside, the detective turned on Will. “What was that all about? ” he asked. The state mining inspector didn’t stop to hear the answer. He walked down the hallway and out some double doors. The other state police detective looked at the floor. They were standing near a high desk, probably a nurse’s station. The grill on the fluorescent light above was hanging loose.
Nearly,” Will said, dragging the word across his vocal cords like a dead dog over gravel. “Long time ago now,” the old man said. “Doesn’t seem all that long ago, Uncle El,” Will said. “Seem like I was just talkin’ to Jeff. ” The old man pursed his lips. ” “No. Guess I can’t. But since Dad’s death last week, it ain’t the same,” Will said. ” The old man looked out the window. Will followed his eyes. It was full dark. The parking lot was bathed in white fluorescent light and beyond that Hazard’s shuttered downtown gave off a dull glow.
Hazard by Gardiner Harris