This is a great treasure hunt/thriller type of book that does have some historical parts that are true in the book also. It's called Bright and Yellow Hard and Cold written by Tim Chapman.
The search for elusive goals consumes three men…I have to say, for someone to think that after 70 something years, that a fortune in gold coins is going to mysteriously show up, has got to be out of their minds! This Gilbert character is going around beating up people and even killing some trying to find out where a group of gangsters might have possibly buried a stash of gold coins worth over 4 million dollars back in the 1930's.
McKinney, a forensic scientist, struggles with his deep, personal need to find the truth behind the evidence he investigates, even while the system shuts him out. Can he get justice for a wrongfully accused man while juggling life with a new girlfriend and a precocious teenage daughter?
Delroy gives up the hard-scrabble life on his family’s Kentucky farm and ventures to the rough-and-tumble world of 1930s Chicago. Unable to find work, he reluctantly throws his hat in with the bank-robbing gangsters Alvin Karpis and Freddie Barker. Can he provide for his fiery young wife without risking his own life?
Gilbert is obsessed with the search for a cache of gold, hidden for nearly eighty years. As his hunt escalates he finds himself willing to use ever more extreme measures to attain his goal…including kidnapping, torture and murder. Can he find the one person still left who will lead him to the glittering treasure? And will the trail of corpses he leaves behind include McKinney?
Part contemporary thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold" masterfully weaves a tale of conflicted scientific ethics, economic hardship, and criminal frenzy, tempered with the redemption of family love.
Good grief, I bet that they would have to be really buried deep or the story was exaggerated back then to make out like they stole more than what they really did. Even McKinney doesn't believe the gold is real, but tell that to this lunatic running around trying to find it.
It's also a great story about McKinney and his life after his wife dies of cancer and he is raising their daughter by himself. He does have a 95 year old grandmother, who unfortunately, might be the next person that Gilbert visits because she happened to know a few of the old gangsters.
If you love mysteries/thrillers, this book will not disappoint you and you will learn some true facts about some famous gangsters of that time period to boot!
About the Author:
Tim Chapman is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago police department who currently teaches English composition and Chinese martial arts. He holds a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. His fiction has been published in The Southeast Review, the Chicago Reader, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and the anthology, "The Rich and the Dead." His first novel, "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold," was released in June from Allium Press.
In his spare time he paints pretty pictures and makes an annoying noise with his saxophone that he claims is music.
He lives in Chicago with his lovely and patient wife, Ellen and Mia, the squirrel-chasing dog in town.
I thought someone who loves mysteries/thrillers might get a kick out of reading this book so I will be giving my hard copy away to one reader. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!