Publication date: 1994
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The Big Silence
This novel follows native Nevadan Jack Ross, a private investigator who has about had it with murder and betrayal and is teetering on the edge of emotional collapse. But when called upon by a friend to help a young prostitute locate her grandfather, missing these forty years, he hits the cold trail…again.
Lawrence Parker vanished after killing a man, and Ross’s search for him leads into the big silence of the desert, taking him through the alleys and backstreets of Reno to the doorstep of one of Nevada’s most influential families. The flicker of changing identities, the shadow of blackmail, and the threat of sudden violence tail the private eye as he traces a tangle of family ties to the big silence at its center. An eclectic mix of characters and twisting plot will keep you guessing until the last page. Western Literature Series.
". . . the author's deep appreciation for the Nevada landscape and sure ear for local dialect lend the story a satisfying credibility."
"The intensity of Schopen's feelings for the Black Rock Desert, together with his sympathy for people who go crazy out there where the big land meets the big sky, accounts for the strong impact made by The Big Silence."
—The New York Times Book Review
"The action is vigorous and well-described, the Reno environs (even including the Mustang Ranch) are excellently evoked, and Schopen and Ross are names to watch for henceforth."
—The Los Angeles Times Book Review