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Badwater (The Forensic Geology Series Book 2) by [Dwiggins, Toni]
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Book 2 of 4 in The Forensic Geology Series (4 Book Series)

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I'm a third-generation Californian who migrated from southern Cal to northern Cal. What I like most about my state is that one can go from the ocean to the mountains in one day, with a lunch stop in the desert. I like it so much I've set my forensic geology books in those settings. I'm author of a US History textbook, and have contributed to texts in the sciences. I've done tech-writing for the Silicon Valley computer industry, and that experience hatched an idea that became my first novel, about an attempt to sabotage the nation's telephone system. I went in a different direction with the Forensic Geology Series, taking mystery into outdoor adventure and thriller territory.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Brillant, keeping me glued to the very end, in fact its a long time since i have found a book like this. The geology info sometimes was a bit much for me but I have learnt a lot and look around me a lot more than i did. Throughly enjoying this read and would 100% recommend it to anyone.
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Forensic Geology wasn't a term I can remember coming across until I saw this book. The meaning seemed obvious: according to Wikipedia it is "the study of evidence relating to minerals, oil, petroleum, and other materials found in the Earth, used to answer questions raised by the legal system." Just what I thought. Maybe if I watched more of the CSI TV series franchise I'd have been familiar with the term. The same Wikipedia article says this science goes back at least as far as the late 1800s when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes use some rudimentary forensic geology techniques (at least compared to what the primary characters, Cassie and Walter, use in Badwater) to catch the bad guys. With the popularity of forensic science in general on TV and in books (both fictionalized and not), this specialty is an interesting variation on the theme.

This story hooked me early and kept me interested throughout. Unlike many forensic types, the nature of their specialty means Cassie and Walter aren't spending most of their time "back in the lab," but are out in the field and at risk. They're well developed characters with a unique relationship and history that adds to the story. Even though the reader knows who the culprit is fairly early and the main characters along with the FBI agents they're supporting figure it out soon afterward, the whodunit isn't the draw as much as "what's he going to do next." Then at the climax we discover that there's more to the story than what we'd thought. A real page turner.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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The book has a trilling start, a road crash site in the middle of the desert with a murdered driver and a missing barrel of nuclear waste. The thrills continue throughout the book, which has a good pace, and whist the reader is aware of the culprit from the start due to his narrative in one of the first chapters, the reader is kept guessing as to who else can be trusted, which keeps things interesting. The forensic geology is well integrated into the plot, and is not just brushed to the side as can happen in these types of `CSI' books; and I found both the geology and the nuclear science very accurate and interesting. I had a good chuckle at some of the more sciencey jokes in the book too - such as the analogy of the three types of radiation as the Three Little Pigs. There are numerous references to different places in Death Valley in the book - and the inclusion of a map at the start is a nice touch and makes it easier to picture the places when they are mentioned.

[A review copy was provided by the author]
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Before I read this book I had no idea that there was such a subject as forensic geology; or, indeed, that geology could form the basis of an excellent whodunit. Well, this book really set me straight! Not only was the finding and interpretation of geological evidence a vital component of a fast-moving and gripping story, but it was set out in such a manner as to make it a fascinating and very enjoyable adjunct to what is a first class yarn in itself. I enjoyed Badwater so much that, having finished it sitting in the shade on a hot afternoon while on holiday in Spain, I immediately used my Kindle to order another of Toni's books (Volcano Watch) so I could read that straight away instead of the book that was previously next on my reading list. And, I was not disappointed. Buy them both!
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If you fancy reading a thriller/mystery that's a little different give this a try. The heroine is a forensic geologist and geology plays the most prominent role in the goings on here. You might find there is a little too much geology with not quite enough explanation for us non-geologists, but its certainly an unusual corner of the genre and well worth exploring.
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