Murder in the Walls by Richard Martin Stern
(Johnny Ortiz)

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Flora Hobbs owned one of New Mexico's oldest Spanish-style houses, and shared it with a bevy of beautiful working girls. When one of them turned up dead -- in a locked room -- Detective Johnny Ortiz followed a scent that went straight beneath Santo Cristo's respectable facade into a world of hustlers, profiteers -- and at least one killer. Welcome to the first Johnny Ortiz mystery, which was set in motion by Richard Martin Stern (The Tower) in 1971. The New York Times Book Review said, "The author knows the country and his people. There is a feeling of desert and mesa, open air, spaciousness ... The prose is lean, the characters convincing, the plotting impeccable."

"Excellent ... Top-flight mystery writing."
-Buffalo Evening News

"Johnny Ortiz is a welcome addition to the lists of the great detectives."
-Hillary Waugh

"The author knows the country and his people. There is a feeling of desert and mesa, open air, spaciousness ... A fine, taut book."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Glamor, romance, local prejudice, graft and politics are all here in a most-readable suspense story."
-Publisher's Weekly
 

About Richard Martin Stern

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Richard Martin Stern (1915-2001) is the author of Brood of ERichard Martin Stern (1915-2001) is the author of Brood of Eagles and the Johnny Oritz mystery series. The Bright Road tagles and the Johnny Oritz mystery series. The Bright Road to Fear won the 1959 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He paso Fear won the 1959 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He passed away on October 31, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM. sed away on October 31, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM.
 
Published December 5, 2012 by Garrett County Press. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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