"Author Mark Stevens develops his characters in such a way that you hear their thoughts, see their views and want to keep reading as the story continues to unfold. Even the villains are likable which draws you even further into their warped minds. Author Mark Stevens' ability to describe our local wilderness with eloquence and appreciation contributes to the reading pleasure ... I stand ready to devour the next one."
The Summit Daily News
"Stevens weaves environmental and political issues into this suspenseful story, and does so in a balanced way that exposes issues with wildlife exploitation but does not portray hunters as villains."
Steamboat Pilot & Today
"From its haunting opening - two shots heard in the midst of a swirling blizzard, and the subsequent discovery of a trophy elk and an animal-rights protester, both very dead - Antler Dust functions on two fast-paced levels: that of a mystery, as well as keenly observed social commentary on the cultural conflicts playing out in the New West."
The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune
"Stevens puts an intimate knowledge of the Colorado mountains to good use, bringing Coil's outdoor life vividly to the page to give the reader an insider's look at a guide's routine...The Colorado crime scene has gained a strong new voice, as well as a new character to watch in Allison Coil."
The Rocky Mountain News
"Allison is a standout protagonist who comes across as someone who survived almost certain death yet has the courage and smarts to remake her life at the edge of a Colorado wilderness. With its unique setting and diverse cast, Antler Dust makes a fast-paced, intriguing addition to the list of new thrillers."
The Denver Post
"The number of fine Colorado crime writers just increased by one. Mark Stevens shows the adept touch of a seasoned mystery writer and displays the avid affection of someone who knows and loves the mountain wilderness. Antler Dust is a wonderful, compelling debut—you won't find a fresher, more satisfying new voice.”
Stephen White, best-selling author of Kill Me and Missing Persons
"...author Mark Stevens holds together this tightly-woven tale of murder, greed, adultery and revenge with the skill of a seasoned pro."
Angela Wilson, www.popsyndicate.com
"What a WOW of a first novel!"
"The best writing is writing which is invisible to the reader. It lets you sink right into the story and become part of the action. That's the way first-time author Mark Stevens has written this novel, Antler Dust. This very readable and enjoyable novel is a fine first effort by a new author. Excellent first novel. Hope many more books are in his (and our future)."
"This book was a thrill to read...I loved Coil's character and her attitude toward life...The language was tasty and inventive. It pulled me through the story as easily as a movie on the screen, made me forget I was reading a book."
The Loveland Reporter-Herald
"Mark Stevens is a natural born storyteller who knows how to makes things move -- the most important ingredient in compelling writing. His first book proves that and is a great beginning."
Stephen Singular, best-selling author of Unholy Messenger
"Stevens, a Colorado resident and former Denver Post reporter and news producer for the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, has crafted a page-turner with all the makings of a great mystery: two deaths and a variety of characters who aren't really what they appear to be...Stevens' knowledge of the region is evident in the setting he creates - a perfectly believable locale in the central Rockies...The book is well-written from start to finish. Stevens' skill as a writer occasionally shines with the occasional gold coin, where prose and plot sing in perfect harmony."
The Aspen Times
"With laudably unsentimental prose and sure command of character, Antler Dust takes us on a dark hunting trip through the snowy Rockies. Pitting a tough but vulnerable heroine against a killer out to bag more than elk, Mark Stevens give new meaning to the term trophy kill."
Stephanie Kane, best-selling author of Seeds of Doubt (Scribner) and Extreme Indifference (Scribner)
"Reading Mark Stevens is like reading Ken Follett at his best. Stevens takes a superbly drawn main character—a woman who is as sexy as she is resilient—and throws her into a maze of jeopardy that hooks you right down to the last page."
Mark Graham, author of The Harbinger (Henry Holt) and The Fire Theft (Viking Penguin) and The Natanz Directive (Thomas Dunne Books)
"A high-country thriller that takes the classic Western and turns it on its head. Packed with offbeat characters, tightly written and loaded with great scenes."
Philip Reed, author of Bird Dog (Pocket Books)