Cripple Creek backdrop for environmental thriller

LESLIE MASSEY Updated: March 9, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: March 9, 2013

After living in northern Illinois for years, retired master plumber Bert Entwistle decided he was ready to travel and see new places.

“I knew we would settle either by the water or the mountains, but it would be someplace we could spend a lot of time outdoors,” he said.

In 1974, his family landed in Colorado Springs and the state remains one of Entwistle’s favorite places. A devoted outdoorsman, he’s hunted and fished throughout the west and spent about two decades as a freelance photographer and journalist.

An amateur historian, he writes a regular history column called “Lookin’ Back” in Working Ranch Magazine. He’s profiled some of the more famous ranches and cowboys in the West.

“I’ve always loved everything about history,” he said.

Cripple Creek has plenty of history to offer. And Entwistle used the Teller County town as a backdrop for his first full-length novel, “The Drift.”

“I have been watching the progress of Cripple Creek for years and developed an idea about the mining shafts and putting a bad guy in one,” Entwistle said.

“The Drift” is an environmental thriller featuring fictional character Jack Bannister and a historical background of the mining town. The book combines a who-done-it mystery with a treasure hunt and surprise ending.

After discovering that writing fiction is a “whole different animal” than journalism, Entwistle is back to work writing a second novel featuring Bannister.

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