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

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Synopsis

“Say what you will about serial killers, some of them can really write.”

Some books have money written all over them. Not just books by authors like the Death Row inmate at the Arizona State prison complex, but books like Recreational Explosives and How to Build Them. Or Finding Your Patriot Ancestors Through DNA Testing. Or Losing America. Yes, Patriot’s Blood has gone racist, its list making money from books that play into the worst elements of society and its darkest behaviors.

It’s no surprise there are plenty of suspects when Patriot’s Blood publisher Gloriana Alden-Taylor is poisoned at the annual Southwestern Book Publishers Expo (SOBOP). But the hammer falls on just one: Owen Sisiwan, a Pima Indian. Scottsdale PI Lena Jones enlists in Owen’s defense.
To her horror, Lena finds herself rubbing elbows not just with greedy Gloriana’s family and employees, but with disgruntled authors and extremists of all sorts. Like that serial killer—he had been dying to get published by Patriot’s Blood.

What changed his mind?

While working the case, Lena, a survivor of a childhood spent in foster care, is further pained by her sessions with a therapist for anger management. Soon her flashbacks to the time just before her mother shot her four-year-old self accelerate and move her closer to the mystery of her own identity.
 

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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Loyalty, compassion and a sharp sense of humor help Arizona PI Lena Jones survive as she continues to struggle with her troubled past in Webb's third socially conscious, thought-provoking myste

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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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It probably would have helped to have read the earlier books in the Lena Jones series first, but Webb is a skilled enough writer to dole out sufficient information to help newcomers along, but not to hold the plot up for those who have been with her since the start.

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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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