Fire in the Hole

by Sybil Downing

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"Alex MacFarlane is the sort of historic heroine women writers in the West have long wanted to portray."
—The Denver Post

"Sybil Downing has ably captured the agony of the Ludlow Massacre."

—Rocky Mountain News

"Poignant and touching. . . . A gifted writer."
—El Paso Herald Post

"A fine portrayal of a courageous woman's attempts to help the innocent victims of the battle with fascinating and tragic history as background."
—Bloomsbury Review

"Under Downing's skillful pen, the characters come alive, and the readers will gain a sympathy for the strikers, their families, and their union."
—Journal of the West

"If ever a historical event cried out for dramatic treatment by an imaginative novelist, it would be the great Colorado Coalfield War early in this century. Sybil Downing's Fire in the Hole answers that cry with passion, courage and grace."

—George McGovern, former U.S. senator, co-author of The Great Coalfield War

"Sybil Downing's imagination inhabits the tumultuous Colorado coalfields of 1913. She gives life and remembrance to people otherwise fated to the anonymity of yellowed newspaper accounts, and they have much to tell us."

—Lucia St. Clair Robson, best-selling author of Mary's Land

"Fire in the Hole is not simply good entertainment, but a serious and successful effort to come to grips with the central issues of the Ludlow Massacre. My congratulations."

—Kathleen O'Neal Gear, best-selling author of Thin Moon, Cold Mist

"Fire in the Hole is an important addition to literature regarding the American West."

—Glenda Riley, author of The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley


The award-winning Fire in the Hole is the tale of a young widowed lawyer swept up in the violence of the famous Colorado coal strike of 1913-1914, known to history as the Ludlow Massacre. Opposed by the coal companies, the union, Wall Street, and the federal government, Alex hatches a scheme involving the president to overturn martial law and settle the strike. Thus a gripping tale unfolds of a woman who dares to go beyond the conventions of the day to find freedom and justice amid a power struggle so terrifying it would wrench the nation's conscience for decades.


Sybil Downing is a fourth-generation Coloradan and the award-winning author of numerous books, including Fire in the Hole, Ladies of the Goldfield Stock Exchange, and Tom Patterson: Colorado Crusader for Change. She is the co-founder of Women Writing the West and serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Women of the West Museum.
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  • Paperback Price: $20.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87081-515-7
  • Publication Year: 1998
  • Pages: 245
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Sybil Downing
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87081-515-7
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