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

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Things are never easy for Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones. Her partner in Desert Investigations, Jimmy Sisiwan, is leaving for a wife and a job at Southwest MicroSystems. Her old captain at the Scottsdale PD is moving home to Brooklyn. She’s doing security for Warren Quinn, director of a documentary being shot at Papago Park about the German POW camp and the “great escape” of Christmas Eve, 1944, when some prisoners tunneled out and fled. And one surviving escapee, Kapitan Zur See Erik Ernst, a man in his nineties confined to a wheelchair after a boating accident, has just been murdered. Worse, his Ethiopian caregiver begs Lena to clear him as a suspect.

Lena, experienced in probing the past for answers to the central mystery of her own life—who is she?—learns that Ernst and two other POWs hid out in the rugged Superstition Mountains. Nearby, on Christmas Night, a farm family, the Bollingers, was slaughtered. A jury didn’t convict the only survivor, the teenage son. What might Chess Bollinger know about Ernst —and vice versa? And how much can Lena trust Quinn, either as a client, a witness, or a lover?
 

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. 361 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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At the start of Webb's fast-paced fourth Lena Jones mystery (after 2004's Desert Shadows ), the scrappy workaholic PI is supervising security for filmmake

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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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I started with the first, DESERT NOIR, then, in quick succession read DESERT WIVES and DESERT SHADOWS within only a few weeks before reading DESERT RUN.

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She knows Owen could never kill a seventy-something year old woman even if she was a racist who treated Owen like a second-class citizen.

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