When Gwynn Reznick’s best friend and co-worker at Wilton Oil and Gas dies in an auto accident, she suspects foul play. Her suspicions are validated when Reuben Dordi, a PI hired by the girl’s grandmother to investigate her death, shows up on her doorstep. He’s looking into several other suspicious deaths of people connected to the company. As Gwynn gets caught up in his investigation, her life is turned upside down.
The Cost of Crude by Inge-Lise Goss is a down and dirty look at the energy industry, where high profits cause people to shed any semblance of humanity in their chase for money. The story follows Gwynn as she delves deeper into the macabre machinations of people who are willing to kill for dollars, and in the process she learns things about herself that she’d never known.
Although Gwynn’s transformation from meek clerical worker to dashing agent is at times a bit incredulous, the story is nonetheless an entertaining read. The ending, after so much bloody action leading up to it, was somewhat anticlimactic. This author shows promise, though, and I look forward to seeing her work as she matures in her craft.
I give this one three and a half stars.