When Cort Scott gave up his job as a petroleum geologist to become a private investigator in oil field investigations, his first job lands him right in the middle of a murder. The suspects quickly start to mount up - is it Jeff, the family's estranged brother? or someone much more sinister? As Scott continues to investigate, it becomes clear that the investment he was hired to investigate is only the tip of the iceberg, and Scott is left reeling as the investigation hits very close to home.
Mossel tells the story primarily through conversations between his characters. The dialogue is well-written and flows very well. His characters are well-developed with strong voices. I particularly like the character of Gerri, Cort Scott's on-again, off-again girl friend. She is out-spoken and knows what she wants. Also, she and I share the same filing system - file everything under "F" for "file".
Once the story gets going, it moves quickly, with a second murder added to the mix. As Scott continues to investigate, he has to determine if the killings are connected and decide how he's going to approach bringing the killer (or killers) to justice. The Murder Prospect is action packed with one gun-brandishing scene after another as the story reaches it's climax.
I give it a strong 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers with both strong male and female characters.
*I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. The book is rated "adult" for strong language and violence.
About the author:
Lee Mossel was born in Eugene, Oregon, and raised in the small logging and lumber mill town of Noti about twenty miles west. He attended a 1920s vintage; eight grades…eight rooms…elementary school starting first grade at age five. After being “skipped” through the second grade, he entered high school at age 12 and, subsequently the University of Oregon at age 16.
Graduating with bachelors and masters degrees in geology, he spent a thirty-five year career as a petroleum geologist all in Denver. During that period, he worked for several oil companies as well as starting two independent companies. Since retiring, he has served on various boards of director, written numerous op-ed pieces and newspaper columns, given talks on the oil and gas business and generally enjoyed life.
Beginning with The Murder Prospect in 2012; The Talus Slope in 2013, he has begun a career as an author of crime thrillers and mysteries. More Than a 100% Dead is his third Cort Scott novel.
He enjoys world travel, sports, fine wines, good food, and golf…not necessarily in that order. He lives in Parker, Colorado, a place featured in the Cort Scott series.