Authors: Gardiner Harris
When a block of coal the size of a stove shoots out of the wall, miner Amos Blevins barely has time to react before the entire area is flooded with water. He tries to rescue his crewmates, but in an underground space that is pitch-black and too cramped for anyone to even stand up, he can barely crawl to safety himself. Inspector Will Murphy is sent to investigate, ordered by his superiors to clear up things quickly so the mine can reopen. It seems to be a straightforward accident, but Will senses something suspicious about this case---or maybe he’s just lashing out at his older brother, who has usurped his place as heir to the largest mining company in Eastern Kentucky and is the owner of the flooded mine---but Will has decided he won’t let this one go, whatever it might cost him.