The Cost of Crude

Fiction - Thriller - General
290 Pages
Reviewed on 12/08/2014
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Author Biography

Inge-Lise Goss was born in Denmark, raised in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah, magna cum laude. She is a certified public accountant and has audited oil and gas companies for more than twenty years.

Goss lives in the foothills of Red Rock Canyon with her husband and their dog, Bran. She spends most of her time in her den writing stories. There, with her muse by her side, her imagination has no boundaries, and her dreams come alive. When she’s not pounding away on the keyboard, she can be found reading, rowing, or trying to perfect her golf game, which she fears is a lost cause.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Sink into a novel of mystery and suspense with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure as Inge-Lise Goss takes you through the murky depths of the oil and gas industry and reveals The Cost of Crude. Gwynn is devastated when Julie, her best friend and colleague at the Wilton Oil & Gas Company, dies in a car accident. It soon becomes apparent that it was no accident and that is confirmed when a private investigator, Ruben Dordi, turns up at her apartment. His team is investigating a string of suspicious deaths, all of employees who worked for Wilton. Hired by Julie’s grandmother to determine who killed her, part of his job is to keep Gwynn safe. She suddenly finds herself being watched by the people who killed her friend and her life is in danger. But that doesn’t stop her trying to determine what happened and why. Gwynn’s life is thrown into compete turmoil as she falls in love with Ruben, tries to stay safe, and discovers a heinous plot to cause a destructive “accident” with a major gas pipeline. Can she and Ruben’s team solve things before anyone else has to die or will they be too late?

Wow! The Cost of Crude by Lise-Inge Goss is an amazing thriller, full of mystery, suspense, romance and so many twists and turns it was hard to keep up at first. However, I soon sank into the story as it grabbed hold and wouldn’t let me go until it was all over. There were a number of different characters in the book with a lot of activity going on – what I would call a busy book. But, all the pieces do fall into place and all becomes clear. There is a neat little twist at the end and an unexpected person in the frame – and that’s all I will say except I hope to read more from Ms. Goss in the very near future.

Jack Magnus

The Cost of Crude is a romantic thriller written by Inge-Lise Goss. Julie is substituting for Pam, Mr. MacIntyre's secretary. MacIntyre is the CEO of Wilton Oil & Gas Company, and he's hosting a meeting between his executives and the executives of CT Oil. Contrary to his usual practice, MacIntyre has given instructions that the meeting would not be recorded, but Julie has other plans. She's borrowed a small recorder and four bugs from a friend, and she's planted the bugs in the conference room. Later on, Julie is discovered as she's retrieving the bugs and she's questioned. Julie confirms that she only wanted to find out if the two companies were planning to merge, as she was concerned about her future as an employee. Gwynne, Julie's close friend and co-worker at Wilton, is horrified when she hears that Julie was killed in an accident with a semi-trailer. Gwynne knows that Julie was uncomfortable driving anywhere near semis, and she suspects that her friend's death has something to do with the disappearances of other Wilton employees. Julie's grandmother also harbors suspicions and has hired Ruben to investigate her death.

Inge-Lise Goss' romantic thriller, The Cost of Crude, is exciting and fast-paced. The author's experience auditing the oil and gas industries makes the story feel very authentic and real. Gwynne and Ruben are great main characters, both headstrong, independent and determined to keep things professional, and it's fun watching them interact. The plot is well-developed, and the reader is swiftly thrown into the action from the very first page. I enjoyed seeing how Ruben and his security team worked together and functioned as a team, complete with undercover agents and even a doctor who has miracle healing salves that work overnight. The Cost of Crude is also filled with political intrigue, and the main storyline is especially relevant with current concerns over the environment and the effects the oil and gas industries are having on it. The Cost of Crude is recommended reading.

Amanda Monell

The Cost of Crude by Inge-Lise Goss is a riveting tale of intrigue and murder. After hearing of her friend's death, Gwynn Reznick discovers that her death was not the accident that she was told, but a corporate cover-up. As Gwynn works with investigators, she gets pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery behind her friend's death. While the mystery begins to unravel, it is discovered that there have been several deaths, all with suspicious circumstances that lead to one place: the oil company where Gwynn works. With all the dangers surrounding her, she starts to associate with Ruben Dordi, the lead behind the investigation and her adviser on the ins and outs of a detective's world. The further in that Gwynn delves, the higher the body count. With all this death, one has to ask how much would you sacrifice to avenge your friend's death?

The Cost of Crude by Inge-Lise Goss is a page turner. As the reader gets pulled into the Texas oil industry, the thicker the plot. This is the kind of book that grabs you with its teeth and even though it's in the morning hours, it won't let the reader go. It demands attention in its hyper speed pacing and seamless transitions from one scenario to the next. The tension between the heroine and the cast of characters is gritty yet smooth. Every character feels genuine, with conflicts that are not only commonplace but also life changing.