Premier Book Awards - Silver, General Fiction Category Runner-up2008 - United States
What would you do to earn a $10 million profit? Would you be willing to compromise your principles? Hawkins Neilson is about to find out in The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County.
The United States Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other government agencies have signed a contract—along with 130 ranchers and farmers and the Nez Pearce Indian Nation—to exchange over $400 million of property in the largest land deal in Idaho history. Hawk has drained his bank account and borrowed more money to close this transaction. Can he make it through the last week before closing? On the final day, the Indians demand an additional million dollars for one of their properties. Hawk Explodes. This could change his life forever.
James A. Misko was born in Nebraska, then moved to Oregon and Alaska, completing what for him was a natural bridge to the frontier. He has worked as an oil field roughneck, a logger, truck driver, saw mill hand, teacher, journalist, real estate broker, and writer. With numerous published articles and five novels to his credit, he continues to work at being the best author of fiction he can be. Jim and his wife Patti live in Alaska during the summer and California in the winter.
"This is great stuff! I could not put this down in spite of having a business associate in town for two days."
—Mary Ann Shaughnessy Krum
"I tried, but I couldn't put it down. I ate lunch reading it, then scotch at 5:00, then dinner, alone at the dining room table with the lights full on, and finished it in bed. What a ride. Gimmie another one."
"Most entertaining, uplifting book I've read all year. Makes me wish he would write a novel a month. Having spent a good deal of my life in real estate, I can feel for the protagonist as he gets caught up in trying to close that large of a transaction, knowing he has every chip he owns in the deal. What a close one."