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Salt of the Earth

(1996)
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Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied.

Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest in the biggest search in Northwest history. Years passed with no sight of the blue-eyed girl or the bright clothes she'd worn on the day she disappeared, but Elaine remained undaunted.

Salt of the Earth is the true story of how one woman fought and triumphed over life-shattering violence and how she healed her family - and herself.

Salt of the Earth is the true story of a courageous woman who survived a hellish 20th-century nightmare. Mob violence, injustice, kidnapping, murder, and suicide were the black holes in the awful astronomy of Elaine Gere's life. Somehow she had to summon the courage to endure: to honor her beloved dead and to rebuild the shattered lives of the sons who depended on her strength.

Jack Olsen has been lauded for his psychological insights into the most violent criminals in such previous masterworks as Doc, The Misbegotten Son, and Predator, but he has never overlooked their victims. By viewing the world through the eyes of Elaine Gere and her devastated family, he finds the core values that enabled them not only to survive and flourish, but, in the end, to triumph.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

May 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Salt of the Earth: One Family's Journey Through the Violent American Landscape
Author(s): Jack Olsen
ISBN: 0-312-14406-7 / 978-0-312-14406-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Salt of the Earth
Author(s): Jack Olsen
ISBN: 1-09-148610-7 / 978-1-09-148610-2
Publisher: Independently published
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March 1997 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Salt of the Earth: A Mother, A Daughter, A Murder
Author(s): Jack Olsen
ISBN: 0-312-95998-2 / 978-0-312-95998-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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April 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Salt of the Earth
Author(s): Jack Olsen
Publisher: Jack Olsen Literary Works, LLC
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April 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Salt of the Earth
Author(s): Jack Olsen
Publisher: Jack Olsen Literary Works, LLC
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1986 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Salt of the Earth
Author(s): Jack Olsen
ISBN: 0-7694-0737-4 / 978-0-7694-0737-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sterling
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November 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Salt of the Earth
Author(s): Jack Olsen
Publisher: Crime Rant Classics
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