Death at Willow Creek Mine

The Ultimate Cover-up

by J.D. Savid


Book Details

A story of love, faith, enmity, and hypocrisy.

After the death of their parents, three brothers arrive in northwest Nevada to live with their widowed aunt. In time, Aaron, the oldest brother, fulfills his dream of reopening their aunt’s historic old gold mine, where he runs the mill that processes the ore. The youngest brother, Hector, works underground, extracting gold ore. Nathan is the middle brother. Mentally handicapped but physically strong, he undertakes menial jobs with joy and gusto. He especially enjoys walking to the small community of Rabbit Brush for the mail, and to the community’s garbage dump. Hector is easily irritated by Nathan’s foolish and sometimes dangerous antics, and Aaron worries that this could escalate into violence. He works to keep both brothers in check, but eventually, tragedy strikes—resulting in the ultimate cover-up.


Book Excerpt

Hector dropped his tools, a shank of steel with a star-shaped bit on one end and a two-pound hammer, known as a single jack. He sat down on the floor of the drift next to the rock face where he had just finished the last of five holes for blasting. These were holes large enough for a stick of dynamite to be pushed in eighteen inches. His hands and arms ached from holding the steel shank, twisting it a half turn after each blow with the hammer--hour after hour. The cool earth of the tunnel floor felt good beneath him. His stomach growled from hunger. He had long lost the illusion that gold mining was romantic. Working underground, swinging a hammer and mucking out ore or waste rock most of the day had dispelled those notions years ago, when Aaron had decided to open their Aunt Tina's gold mine.


About the Author

J.D. Savid

J.D. Savid has published several articles and written short stories in his writing career, and was an award-winning correspondent for the Humboldt Sun in Winnemucca, Nevada. Death at Willow Creek Mine is based on an actual historic gold mine that Savid inherited from his adopted father. Over a period of 28 years, he explored nearly all of the 2,000 feet of underground workings. Although it’s been inactive for 70 years, the mine is estimated to have produced millions of dollars in gold.