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Astride a Pink Horse

A Thriller

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A murder in a deserted Wyoming missile silo stirs memories of Cold War fears in this thriller of intimate family secrets and military intrigue.
 
It’s been decades since the Cold War ended—and just as long since anyone has been in the long-abandoned Tango-11 nuclear missile site in southeastern Wyoming—when Thurmond Giles, a decorated African American US Air Force veteran and warhead expert, is found murdered, dangling naked by his ankles inside a deactivated Minuteman silo.
 
OSI investigator and air force fighter pilot Major Bernadette Cameron is handling the security breach, but when her inquiries into the crime are stonewalled, she has to find out why. So does Elgin “Cozy” Coseia, a local reporter chasing a major story. But sifting through the victim’s complex life and sordid death yields a wider assortment of suspects than they counted on—including a radical nuclear-arms protestor, an ambitious air force cadet, a right-wing cattle rancher with powerful political ties, and a family still shaken by memories of Japanese internment camps.
 
To connect the past with the present, Bernadette and Cozy will have to follow an unforeseen path back to the dark days of World War II, through the legacy of the Cold War’s paranoid atomic age, and to the present-day all-American heartland, where old wounds are never forgotten, nor forgiven.
 
From the bestselling author of the C. J. Floyd series, Astride a Pink Horse is a mystery with a “refreshingly eccentric cast and elaborately structured plot. . . . Think Elmore Leonard, Brad Parks, and Craig Johnson.” —Library Journal
 
Robert Greer, a native of Columbus, Ohio, spent his formative years in the steel-mill town of Gary, Indiana. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree and subsequently earned degrees in dentistry, medicine, and pathology from Howard University and Boston University, as well as a master’s degree in creative writing, also from Boston University. He is a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In addition to authoring the C. J. Floyd Mysteries, Greer founded the High Plains Literary Review, where he serves as editor in chief, and has written medical texts and scientific articles. A longtime resident of Denver, he reviews books for a Denver NPR affiliate and raises cattle on a ranch in Wyoming.
 

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 09, 2012 – Greer takes a break from his well-crafted CJ Floyd series (First of State, etc.) with this so-so post cold war mystery. When the body of retired African-American Air Force Master Sgt. Thurmond Giles is found hanging by ankle chains in an abandoned missile silo near Wheatland, Wyo., wealthy, ambitious Freddy Dames, publisher of the Web s Digital Registry News, assigns reporter Elgin Cozy Coseia to the story. Maj. Bernadette Cameron, an ex-fighter pilot, investigates the security breach involved. Giles s dual expertise in nuclear-missile warheads and seducing women provides avenues to explore, as does the possibility that Giles s murder was a hate crime. Among the suspects are antinuke protesters, including WWII U.S. internment camp survivor Kimiko Takata and her 42-year-old cousin, Rikia, who likes to re-enact WWII air battles with model airplanes. Bernadette and Cozy click for a climactic chase after which the plot creaks to an unsatisfying denouement.
Astride a Pink Horse
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 07, 2017
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 370 Pages
  • Language: English
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