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Black Oil, Red Blood by [Castle, Diane]
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The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive.

Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows.

What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fiancé and a tantalizing new flame along the way.

About the Author

Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips. Ms. Castle has published short fiction under a different name, and she has also written a stage play that was translated into German, produced in a castle near Munich, and sold out three seasons. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She also feels privileged to have been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0974474223
  • Publisher: Wishlist; 1 edition (Jan. 14 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00759NLLO
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d745f54) out of 5 stars 169 reviews
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d74db58) out of 5 stars This is on the free list? June 10 2012
By Kristian Faulkenberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this book a few months back and was impressed by how well the author wrote, even if I didn't agree entirely with her view on the topic. What I felt about the point of the story did not detract from how well it was written and how easy it was to read. Now that I see it is on the free title listing, I felt I must write a review. It is a good story that you will enjoy and if you search out the good free books, this one is one. I paid for my copy and would again, but since you can get it for free right now, snatch it up.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d74dda4) out of 5 stars For readers of John Grisham May 17 2012
By Asian Mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
For all those who love John Grisham type thrillers, here's one with a hot red-haired attorney working on an oil pollution case which turns out to be much more. She is also running away from a womanizing ex-fiance and head-long into the arms of a too-good-to-be-true hunk of a cop. The plot is convoluted, the action is almost non-stop, and there is a satisfyingly happy ending. What more could any one ask for?
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d74dfe4) out of 5 stars Slick Mystery April 24 2012
By R.M. Gilmore - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting! Fast paced, fact-filled, and edge of your seat action.

Only downside, DO NOT attempt reading before bed, or while not fully awake. This bad boy needs your full attention.

Love the redheaded spitfire, Chloe. Her adorable hetero(or not so hetero)-life mate, Miles. And the chivalrous, Detective Nash. The combination of interesting characters, legal-eagle plot line, and downright out of nowhere twists, kept me enthralled.

Took a few chapters to get me hooked, but once I was in I couldn't put it down.

A razor sharp, eye-opening read from Diane Castle. Kudos!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d74e1a4) out of 5 stars Interesting look at oil business, slow thriller July 27 2012
By sabbath soldier - Published on Amazon.com
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Diane Castle's "Black Oil, Red Blood" certainly knows its subject. The strange grasp that the oil industry has on the American and world economy is laid bare in this extremely well-researched book. Had this been a strict, legal expose of the oil industry, my recommend would be stronger. But ultimately, the thriller aspect of the novel seems a little rushed and the characters fall a bit flat. I really wanted to like Chloe, our heroine, but she never seems to be in control of her fate and the resolution of the crime comes by other hands. For its deft summary of the evils of the oil industry, I can give kudos. But as a crime thriller, "Black Oil, Red Blood" lacks focus.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d74e078) out of 5 stars Adventurous Book with Strong Political Undertones Jan. 21 2013
By Eric Krenek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The foundation of the novel is a great concept, and well written technically. The store line is engaging and takes the reader on a fast moving adventure from start to finish through the eyes of a sometimes clumsy trial lawyer, trying to correct the wrongs of a very large oil company in her backyard. The character development is good, and makes for easy visualization of each and the flavor of each personality. This book had all of the makes to be a great read, but settled to only a good read due to a underlying political agenda. When actual names of presidents, senators, political leaders and oil related companies were made part of the book, the great adventure, mystery and plot became encumbered by a political agenda against the oil industry. When a fictional plot line is mixed with actual names and events to leverage a specific strong political or environmental view, it is not possible to do any piece great, and the focus of the read can be lost. Had the entire agenda had been left out and focus kept to the story line with no weight for or against big oil companies, this would have been a great read with consistent focus on plot and story progression.

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A sharp female lawyer in a small Texas town is pulled into a liability suit against the big oil company/refinery in her small town. Corruption leads to cover-ups and killings of those who know to much. The adventure begins as she must learn who knows what and what town leaders are on the oil company payroll. A straight lace detective comes into the picture that plays by the book, but must work through the difference between following procedure and doing what is right to uncover what really happened, and is going to happen unless something is done.