When Western Wyoming Land Management Company (LMC) plans a zinc and gold mine on a tract of 18,000 acres that it owns, Jim DeVries, a South African mining geologist specializing in the rare earths, goes undercover at LMC. DeVries has been sent by his former employer, Transvaal Mining, to find out what LMC is really after on Zinc Mountain. Transvaal suspects that LMC plans to exploit the rich deposits of ytterbium, a promising new mineral for semiconductor crystal lattices.
While conducting studies on the zinc mine, Molly Berensen, the LMC environmental officer, stumbles onto a drilling fraud involving half a million dollars. The powers that be take steps to eliminate Molly. After a series of mysterious deaths, Molly and DeVries begin to zero in on a suspect. Who is the mastermind behind the nefarious actions? What threats will Molly encounter, and will she and DeVries be able to uncover the truth?
About the Author:
Dr. Peter L. Ames is a retired ecologist and professor who lives in Santiago, Chile. He is working on his next book, The Bitter Leaf, about the planning of a hydroelectric dam near Cali, Colombia, in a valley in which most of the farmers are growing coca.
Author website http://sbpra.com/PeterLAmes