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.
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