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In the third entry in this acclaimed mystery series, cheroot-smokin' African-American bail-bondsman/bounty hunter CJ Floyd investigates the disappearance of a rodeo champion and soon finds himself on a lethal trail of diamonds, greed, jealousy--and murder Print ads. 6-city author tour. Black History Month promo .

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Robert O. Greer

"Much like Les Roberts's mysteries about Cleveland, Greer's books in this [C.J. Floyd] series also give readers a strong sense of place (the Denver area) and a rare look at a diverse community that works together regardless of racial and economic barriers. Highly recommended."--Starred Review, Library Journal"Greer joins Walter Mosley in opening the mystery genre to the black experience." --The Rocky Mountain NewsRobert Greer has lived in Denver for forty years. In 1986 he founded The High Plains Literary Review and continues to serve as its editor-in-chief. He is the author or co-author of three medical textbooks, over 160 scientific articles, several novels, and the popular C.J. Floyd mystery series. His short stories have appeared in dozens of national literary magazines and his short story collection, Isolation and Other Stories, was published in 2000. Greer is a native of Columbus, Ohio, who spent his formative years in the steel mill town of Gary, Indiana. He graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and subsequently earned degrees in dentistry, medicine and pathology from Howard University and Boston University. He is a professor of pathology, medicine, surgery, and dentistry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he specializes in head and neck pathology and cancer research. He also holds a masters degree in Creative Writing from Boston University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Miami University, his alma mater. Greer has been involved in cancer research at the University of Colorado Health Science Center for more than forty years. In 1983 his research group was the first in the world to report a synergistic link between smokeless tobacco use and human papillomaviruses in certain cancers of the mouth. That research foundation is the basis for the plot of The Devil's Hatband.In addition to writing, medicine, and research, Greer reviews books for a Denver National Public Radio affiliate, KUVO, and raises cattle on a ranch in Wyoming.

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