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Not one, but two dead bodies are found in the harsh New Mexico desert. The first man's face is smashed beyond recognition, and the second one appears to have been forced to dig his own grave before being murdered...execution style.Soon, new Sheriff Robert Torrez and Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman are knee deep in the midst of a brutal murder spree that spans both sides of the border. Retired Sheriff Bill Gastner is still on hand to offer his support and unerring street smarts, and to do a little investigating of his own in his new position as game and livestock investigator for the state.
©2002 Steven F. Havill; (P)2005 Books in Motion
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Critic Reviews

"Skilled investigation, happenstance and cooperation mesh through every phase of the puzzle, ushering the reader along to one satisfying conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"Throughout this low-key, character-driven series, Havill has managed as well as anyone in the genre to balance the particulars of cop procedure with the often unspoken emotions at the core of small-town life." (Booklist)
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By Marc D on 03-21-16

Performance excruciating

Have purchased all the previous ha I'll books in this series. Change in narrators is jarring--characterization wildly disparate, inappropriate, and inconsistent. Who knew that so many New Mexican residents hailed from New Jersey and the valley. What is unfortunate is that the narrator-who has a pleasant natural voice--might have done a fine job just reading the text in a straightforward manner. Now I have tobuy print versions of future volumes.

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By Hans on 11-19-13

Poor Narration Ruins Experience

Title says it all...

Ms. Brush may be a good narrator, but she is clearly clearly miscast...

Just avoid.

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By karen on 02-06-15

Narrator's pace in contrast with lead characters

Having enjoyed Rusty Nelson's interpretation of Bill Gastner and colleagues, I was unprepared for Stephanie Brush's much faster narrative delivery. Perhaps she was looking to use pace to contrast narrative with dialogue which may work for some. As I enjoy taking time over all parts of the story I found her speed tiring while I felt that some of her dialogue/ character interpretation went against the text direction, also robbing my enjoyment of what is otherwise another well written contribution to one of my favourite detective series. I've enjoyed Gastner when he's led the storyline in previous novels but I also enjoyed seeing more of Estelle, Bobby and their team as they puzzle their way through to satisfactory conclusions in this story set on both sides of the border.

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