Geologist Trace Brandon has traded mining in Washington State for the sunshine and warm waters of the Cayman Islands. For the past year, his only encounters with crooks have been social, and no one has tried to kill him. But a phone call from Cyrus “the Virus” McSweeny lures Trace into a dangerous new mining project. This time the query is West African alluvial diamonds: rare and extremely valuable…green diamonds.
In the steamy backwater city of Monrovia, Trace and his partner, Will Coffee, team up with expat mining engineer Gordon Watson and an Idaho potato-farmer-turned-diamond-miner known as the “Mormon.” Together, they will make an extraordinary find—what miners call a “First Water Stone.”
When rebels attempt a coup, Trace and his partners are caught up in violence and treachery that threaten to engulf them all…
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RANDALL RENEAU worked as a professional geologist in the U.S., Mexico, and West Africa until his retirement in 2010. His first novel, Deadly Lode, won the Richard Boes Award for best debut novel. Diamond Fields is his second “Trace Brandon” novel. Mr. Reneau served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and Cambodia. He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.