Desert Lost by Betty Webb
A Lena Jones Mystery (Lena Jones Series)

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While running surveillance in an industrial section of Scottsdale, P.I. Lena Jones discovers the body of a woman connected to Second Zion, an infamous polygamy cult based in northern Arizona. With the help of a former polygamist “sister wife,” Lena soon discovers a shocking secret: in a society where one man can have ten wives, nine men will have none. Second Zion makes certain these possible rivals don’t stick around by turning these young teens into Arizona’s “lost boys.”

While searching for the dead woman’s lost son, Lena is surprised by a visit from Madeline, the beloved foster mother from whom she’d been forcibly parted at the age of nine. Madeline’s presence renews Lena’s memories of her own damaged childhood and brings new clues to the identity of her biological parents, who seemingly abandoned her when she was four years old.
But their joyful reunion is interrupted when Lena learns that her close friend, television star Angel Grey, is being stalked by an increasingly violent mental patient. When Lena flies to Angel’s aid, she finds that danger has followed her to Hollywood.

Arizona polygamy and its discarded sons, the deceptively insulated world of Beverly Hills, and Lena’s lost past converge in a case fraught with danger.
 

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. 275 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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Webb's sobering sixth mystery to feature PI Lena Jones further explores the abuses of polygamy first exposed in 2003's Desert Wives . Late one night, wh

Sep 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Desert Lost: A Lena Jones Mys...

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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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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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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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Mysterious Reviews

Lena isn't sure whether he's guilty or not, but he's alone and needs help, and Lena wants to be there for him … just as someone was there for her during her own troubled youth.

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Lena Jones discovers the body of a woman connected to Second Zion, an infamous polygamy cult based in northern Arizona.

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Spinetingler Magazine

And that is a major theme in this latest Betty Webb novel on the subject, along with marital abuse, including a murder Lena Jones finds one night while on a stakeout on another case.

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