Desert Cut by Betty Webb
(Lena Jones Mysteries (Hardcover))

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While scouting locations for a film documentary on Arizona’s Apache Wars, private investigator Lena Jones and Oscar-winning director Warren Quinn discover the mutilated body of a young girl. The gruesome manner of the child’s death evokes memories of Lena’s own rough childhood.

Despite clashing with the local law, Lena investigates the child’s death and uncovers a small town with a big secret. Los Perdidos is not the Eden it first appears. Founded by the descendants of pioneers who fought Geronimo, it now holds a significant population of documented and undocumented foreign-born residents who live and work in Los Perididos at a modern plant. Lena senses a sinister force at work in the town—but where?

The still vivid memory of Geronimo’s war mixes with the modern immigration war and the hard life on the Arizona/Mexico border contrasts with Hollywood’s slick production meetings.

When two more girls disappear from Los Perdidos, Lena is tempted to implement some frontier justice of her own to battle a cruel and ancient practice.
 

About Betty Webb

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As a journalist, Betty Webb has interviewed U.S. presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, and Nobel Prize-winners, as well as the homeless, the dying, and polygamy runaways. The seven Lena Jones mysteries, based on stories she covered as a reporter, include Desert Lost, Desert Noir, and Desert Wives. A long-time book reviewer at Mystery Scene Magazine, Betty is a member of National Federation of Press Women and Mystery Writers of America. You can contact her at www.bettywebb-mystery.com.
 
Published May 25, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When full-blooded Pima Jimmy Sisiwan doesn’t show up for work at Desert Investigations, Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones, who considers him her “almost-brother,” finds him locked in a jail cell in tiny Walapai Flats after he asked a little too vigorously why his brother Ted was being held as a m...

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Prophet Hiram Shupe, the crazy, epileptic leader of Phoenix’s Second Zion community, banishes most male members of his flock at 18, giving the select few who remain dozens of “sister-wives.” Lost boys like Jonah wind up on the streets uneducated and unprepared for real life, often reduced to sell...

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While scouting for locations near the popular tourist destination of Los Perdidos, Ariz., Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones and her lover, Oscar-winning director Warren Quinn, uncover a shallow grave.

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Scouting locations with her film director boyfriend on a sparkling mountain morning, Arizona cop-turned-PI Lena Jones stumbles across a nightmare: the freshly dumped corpse of a little girl. Instan

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Webb pulls no punches in exploring another human rights issue in her excellent seventh mystery starring Arizona PI Lena Jones (after 2009’s Desert Lost).

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Dark humor and thrilling action inform Webb's second Lena Jones mystery (after 2001's Desert Noir), a searing exposé of the abuses of contemporary polygamy.

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When Gloriana Alden-Taylor, the 75-year-old patrician founder of controversial Patriot's Blood Press, is fatally poisoned at the banquet held at the annual Southwest Book Publisher's Expo (SOBOP), Lena's Pima Indian partner, Jimmy Sisiwan, enlists Lena's aid in trying to prove the innocence of th...

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Scouting locations with her film director boyfriend on a sparkling mountain morning, Arizona cop-turned-PI Lena Jones stumbles across a nightmare: the freshly dumped corpse of a little girl.

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Betty Webb, author of Desert Wives, a mystery that exposed polygamy in Arizona, has written another powerful mystery, Desert Cut.

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Review: Arizona private investigator Lena Jones discovers the body of a young girl and the disturbing manner of her death while on a working vacation in Desert Cut, the 5th mystery in this series by Betty Webb.Lena and Oscar-winning director Warren McQuinn are in southern Arizona scouting areas i...

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