Earth Colors (Mass Market Paperback)

By Sarah Andrews

St. Martin's Paperbacks, 9780312997700, 368pp.

Publication Date: December 23, 2004

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Unemployed professional geologist and sometime FBI consultant, Em Hansen desperately needs work. So when her best friend Faye tells her that she knows someone who could use Em's expertise as a geologist to authenticate a painting, she jumps at the prospect. The painting is by the famous painter of the American West, Frederic Remington, and Em's client has had it in his family for years. But he believes it's a fake and wants Em to use her forensic skills to analyze the pigments to prove it. Since pigments are just ground-up minerals, it's a perfect task for a geologist like Em.

Although Em doesn't quite trust Faye's friend, she sets aside her doubts and takes the case. Following the painting's trail takes her from Wyoming to Utah to Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and then it takes an unexpected sinister twist, putting Em on the trail of a murderer too. Suddenly she's the only one who can find out what's going on in time to save several lives, including her own.

About the Author

Sarah Andrews, a professional geologist and licensed pilot, is the recipient of four awards for her writing, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Journalism Award and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' James Shea Award. When not writing or teaching at Sonoma State University, she likes to draw with pastels plein air in Northern California's wine country, where she lives with her husband and son. Together they enjoy blue-water sailing, skiing, and exploring the West in their 1965 Beechcraft Baron.

Praise For Earth Colors

"[Em Hansen is] a clear-thinking, straight-talking heroine whose unabashed naivete is endearing." --The New York Times Book Review

"Ably combining science and suspense, Andews once again entertains and educates." -Publishers Weekly on Killer Dust

"Compulsively readable." -Houston Chronicle on Fault Line

"Complicated and absorbing." -Booklist on An Eye For Gold

"Andrews...has become a leading light. The fifth entry in her series rivets both as a crime story and as a discussion of the relationship between science and religion... Her novel is a suspenseful mystery spiked with dinosaurs, science and religion: what more could readers ask for?" - Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Bone Hunter