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Desert Heat (Joanna Brady #1)

by J. A. Jance

A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun--a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one . . . and murder when she sees it. But her determined efforts to hunt down an assassin and clear her husband's name are placing Joanna and her surviving family in harm's way-because in the desert, the one thing more lethal than a rattler's bite . . . is the truth.

Desert Impact

by Don Pendleton

BORDER ASSAULT The murder of several border patrol agents in a moonlight attack seems like an average Mexican cartel ambush...until the killers' weapons turn out to be U.S. military grade. There's a leak in the local army base, and it needs to be plugged before more ordnance trucks south-and more innocent lives are taken. Mack Bolan heads into the desert to investigate. But when an old ally is killed in a second assault, Bolan realizes he's underestimated the threat. Whoever is behind the attack is not only smuggling weapons into Mexico, but also building a private army. And the kingpin is intent on spreading his reign of terror into America. With an unofficial war about to break out on the border, he must plan a strategic strike to take down the empire and eliminate all its key players. And this time, for the Executioner, it's personal.

Desert Lost

by Betty Webb

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. Lena joins forces with Rosella, a former polygamist sister wife, to find the victim's killer, and 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.

Desert Noir

by Betty Webb

Survival in the upscale Scottsdale art scene depends on how well a private eye does her footwork... At the age of four, private detective Lena Jones had been found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet robbing her of her memories. Now the scarred survivor of a dozen foster homes, Lena has vowed to find the truth about her origins--no matter how terrible that truth might be. In Desert Noir, the first of the Lena Jones mysteries, Lena's quest is interrupted when her friend, heiress Clarice Kobe, is beaten to death in the Western Heart Art Gallery. Lena and her Pima Indian partner Jimmy Sisiwan at first suspect the art dealer's abusive husband, but their investigations soon reveal that domestic violence was hardly the only problem in the victim's troubled life. Clarice, for all her money and beauty, had a dark side; her enemies far outnumbered her friends. Among those who wished her dead are George Haozous, the fiery Apache artist whose graphic work she once banned from her gallery. Another enemy is Dulya Albundo, the daughter of an elderly Hispanic woman whose death was directly attributable to the art dealer's greed. Even Clarice's parents--wealthy land developers whose housing tracts have ravaged the beautiful Sonoran Desert--appear to be oddly untroubled by their daughter's death. Lena's search for Clarice's killer brings violence back into her own life, yet it also brings her closer to the solution of her own mystery--her real identity. Set against the backdrop of the posh Scottsdale, Arizona art scene and the nearby Indian reservations, Desert Noir heralds the debut of a detective as wounded as her clients, a woman battling her owndemons while trying to rescue others from theirs.

Desert of the Damned

by Nelson Nye

He was in a tight spot. He knew he couldn't stand off the Law and Breen, too. The Law was after him for the murder of a marshal--a murder he didn't commit. Breen was after him for revenge--and Breen wouldn't stop at anything ... blackmail, a frame-up ... or murder. He was desperate now and vowed to find a way out--or make one.

Desert of the Damned

by Nelson Nye

He was in a tight spot. He knew he couldn't stand off the Law and Breen, too. The Law was after him for the murder of a marshal--a murder he didn't commit. Breen was after him for revenge--and Breen wouldn't stop at anything ... blackmail, a frame-up ... or murder. He was desperate now and vowed to find a way out--or make one.

Desert Shadows

by Betty Webb

After Scottsdale publisher Gloriana Allerton is poisoned at the annual Southwestern Publishers' Convention and a Pima Indian friend is accused of the murder, Lena Jones begins to investigate the seldom talked about side of the business--racist publishing. To her horror, Lena finds herself rubbing elbows with extremist politicians and members of local fascist groups. Though she becomes a target for murder because of her investigations, an attempt against Lena Jones' life pales in comparison to what happens when she is granted a meeting with the Aryan Brotherhood leader at the Arizona State Prison complex. On her way to the Death Row visiting room, a Black trustee nicknamed "Green," because of his startling green eyes, looks into Lena's face. And calls her by her mother's name. Found shot in the head at the age of four, her memory gone, the green-eyed Lena Jones had been raised in a series of abusive foster homes which left her emotionally--and physically--scarred. For years, Lena had searched for her biological parents with the same intensity with which she searched for killers. But now, with a possible answer to her identity right in front of her, Lena begins to realize that the truth may come at a very high price... Her own life.

The Desert Thieves (Hardy Boys Mystery Stories #141)

by Franklin W. Dixon

From the back of the book: FRANK AND JOE ARE HOT ON THE TRAIL OF A DANGEROUS DESERT DESPERADO! THE HARDYS HAVE JOINED THEIR FATHER ON A TRIP TO ARIZONA'S MAGNIFICENT ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT. BUT THEIR JOURNEY INTO THE DESERT TAKES A SHARP AND SUDDEN DETOUR INTO DANGER. SOMEONE IS RIPPING UP AND RIPPING OFF THE RARE CACTI AND TURNING THEM INTO COLD HARD CASH ON THE BLACK MARKET! LIKE THE CATTLE RUSTLERS OF OLD. THE CACTUS THIEVES STRIKE IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. THEN VANISH INTO THE WILDS. FORMING THEIR OWN POSSE. FRANK AND JOE SET OUT IN PURSUIT. DODGING DEADLY GUNFIRE AND POISONOUS RATTLERS ALONG THE WAY. DETERMINED TO ROOT OUT THE CRIME, THE BOYS ARE HEADED FOR A DESERT SHOWDOWN AS HOT AS THE ARIZONA SUN! ======== From inside the book: The Desert Thieves Frank did not stop to rest at the ledge, as Joe had, but pushed onward, trying to beat the oncoming darkness. His fingers were tiring, though. About ten feet from the top, he said, "Take the slack out. My fingers need a break." Joe pulled the rope to create tension so that Frank could lean back in his sling, taking the pressure off his fingers for a minute or two. "We need to work on our timing," Frank said as he rested his weight on the rope. "Next time let's-" Frank stopped in midsentence, his mouth gaping as the realization hit him. Without warning, the rope had broken. With no time to react, Frank fell backward off the cliff and into the darkness.

Desert Wind

by Betty Webb

When P.I. Lena Jones' Pima Indian partner Jimmy Sisiwan is arrested in the remote northern Arizona town of Walapai Flats, Lena closes the Desert Investigations office and rushes to his aid. What she finds is a town up in arms over a new uranium mine located only ten miles from the magnificent Grand Canyon. Jimmy's sister-in-law, founder of Victims of Uranium Mining, has been murdered, but the opposing side is taken hits, too. Ike Donohue, the mine's public relations flak, is found shot to death, casting suspicion on Jimmy and his entire family. During Lena's investigation, she finds not only a community decimated by dangerous mining practices, but a connection to actor John Wayne and the mysterious deaths resulting from the 1953 filming of "The Conqueror." Gabe Boone, a wrangler on that doomed film, is still alive, but the only person the aged man will confide in is John Wayne's ghost. It's up to Lena to penetrate Gabe's defenses and find out the decades-old tragedy no one in Walapai Flats wants to talk about. By delving into the area's history, Lena learns that old sins never die; they're still taking lives. As with "Desert Wives: Polygamy Can Be Murder," this seventh book in the Lena Jones series exposes real life crimes, and the reason why high-ranking government officials want those crimes to remain under wraps.

Desert Wives

by Betty Webb

Polygamy can be murder! That's what private detective Lena Jones learns when she helps thirteen year old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamy compound hidden in a desolate area near straddling Utah/Arizona border. When Rebecca's mother is arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca's intended husband, Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to uncover the real murderer. In doing so, Lena finds out more than she bargained for--the shocking secret the cult's Circle of Elders will kill to keep. During her investigations, Lena also discovers more about her own past. At the age of four she was found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet robbing her of her memories. Raised in a series of foster homes, Lena does not remember her real name nor the names of her parents. She thinks she has put the past behind her, but the sins of Purity's polygamous mothers and fathers force her to reexamine the few memories she has of her own motherthe woman who shot her...

The Deserted Library Mystery

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Charles Tang

The Boxcar Children find a new adventure at the library, someone is trying to destroy it and they need to figure out who.

The Deserted Library Mystery (Boxcar Children #21)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner

From the back of the book: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather and are helping to save an old library that's about to be torn down. The children find several mysteries at the library. Someone is breaking in and stealing their food. Someone, long ago, hid pieces of an old Civil War sword. And after all the children's hard work, someone is trying to destroy the library. Who?

The Deserter

by Jane Langton

Homer and his wife fight to restore the besmirched legacy of a long-dead relativeHomer and Mary Kelly have wandered through Harvard University's Memorial Hall dozens of times, but never have they lingered over the long list of alumni who died for the Union during the Civil War. One afternoon, the setting sun casts its light on the name of Seth Morgan, Mary's disgraced great-great-grandfather. She knows little of her ancestor's life, for family lore holds that he was a deserter, and a blight on the Morgan name. But as she and her husband dig into the dead man's story, they find something astonishing. The mystery deepens as the story shifts from past to present. Even in 1863 it was difficult to know just what happened on the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg, but no matter what it takes, Homer and Mary will find truth, and restore the honor of a man who died fighting for his country.

The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg

by Jane Langton

Parts of the story are set in the present and parts during the great battle of Gettysburg. As Homer and Mary try to trace the mysterious shame attached to one of her ancestors

Deservedly Dead

by B. J. Oliphant

In this book, an Easterner buys up a lot of property near Shirley's ranch. He sets out to clear the scrub and ruin the land, to everyone's dismay. When he shows up dead, Shirley is arrested. There are many possible suspects. Shirley and J. Q. try to solve the mystery. Light reading.

Deserves to Die

by Lisa Jackson

JudgedAs he watches, her body drifts below the water's surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It's a sign of his power, and a warning--to the one destined to suffer most of all. . . CondemnedIn Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up. . . ExecutedAs the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli's unease grows. Even with Alvarez barely holding it together and her own personal life in chaos, she senses there's more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath--or die trying. . .

Deserves to Die

by Lisa Jackson

JudgedAs he watches, her body drifts below the water's surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It's a sign of his power, and a warning--to the one destined to suffer most of all. . .CondemnedIn Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up. . .ExecutedAs the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli's unease grows. Even with Alvarez barely holding it together and her own personal life in chaos, she senses there's more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath--or die trying. . .

Design for Murder (Death on Demand #2)

by Carolyn G. Hart

Annie is asked to stage a murder for the annual spring house tour sponsored by the Historical Society of Chastain, South Carolina. Her only problem is deciding which fictional murder to stage--until a corpse turns up in the town pond. The second Annie Laurance/Max Darling novel.

The Design Is Murder

by Jean Harrington

Book five of Murders by DesignInterior designer Deva Dunne should be focusing her attention on buying a new home with Lt. Victor Rossi. But in typical Deva-style, she's got her mind on everyone else's abodes. Keeping her busy are her two newest clients, who have a lot in common. They both live on Whiskey Lane, and both were involved with the same woman. Coincidence or competition?James Stahlman believes Stew Hawkins moved into the house across the street to terrorize him after he became engaged to Kay, Stew's ex-wife. But Stew is over it. He's remarried-and to someone much younger. When both women are found "accidentally" dead weeks apart, Deva thinks there's something afoot on Whiskey Lane. Coincidence or murder?Deva can't stay away...as much as her protective fiancé would like her to. And it's becoming clear that someone thinks Deva's seen too much. With the list of suspects growing, and Deva and Rossi that much closer to becoming homeless-really, where are they going to live?-she'll have to sift through the clues herself, or there'll be no happily ever after.71,000 words

Designated Daughters

by Margaret Maron

When Deborah Knott's terminally ill aunt, Rachel, is found smothered to death in her bed at a hospice center, all of her Colleton County kith and kin are shocked. Who kills a dying woman? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, try to find Rachel's killer, they cross paths with the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers, not all of whom are women. Rachel's flamboyant daughter, Sally, is a member, and when a con artist cheats one of the group, they swing into action. They want more than just a shoulder to cry on-they want revenge.

The Designated Drivers' Club

by Shelley K. Wall

Jenny Madison was fired from her office job for an "attitude problem" that resulted from, well, a disappointing life. Out of desperation and a need to pay her rent and car loan, she starts a business driving people home after a night on the town. Customer calls continue to put her in contact with Grant Tucker, an equally disillusioned entertainment executive whose life has been derailed due to a family incident of past years.Grant doesn't remember the young passenger in the car that killed his niece. He just knows the driver died. At the time, the family needed stability and he needed a job so he delved in to help keep the small entertainment company afloat while his aunt and uncle, the owners, dealt with the loss of a daughter. Years later, meeting Jenny seemed more an aggravation than salvation.Jenny faces significant personal challenges when a number of her clients, contacts, and friends end up associated to the haunting accident from her past that killed her father. Unfortunately, the little girl also killed in the accident has no intention of staying hidden in the dark. She makes her presence known in a most inconvenient way.Sensuality Level: Sensual

The Designated Drivers' Club

by Shelley K. Wall

Jenny Madison was fired from her office job for an "attitude problem" that resulted from, well, a disappointing life. Out of desperation and a need to pay her rent and car loan, she starts a business driving people home after a night on the town. Customer calls continue to put her in contact with Grant Tucker, an equally disillusioned entertainment executive whose life has been derailed due to a family incident of past years.Grant doesn't remember the young passenger in the car that killed his niece. He just knows the driver died. At the time, the family needed stability and he needed a job so he delved in to help keep the small entertainment company afloat while his aunt and uncle, the owners, dealt with the loss of a daughter. Years later, meeting Jenny seemed more an aggravation than salvation.Jenny faces significant personal challenges when a number of her clients, contacts, and friends end up associated to the haunting accident from her past that killed her father. Unfortunately, the little girl also killed in the accident has no intention of staying hidden in the dark. She makes her presence known in a most inconvenient way.Sensuality Level: Sensual

Designated Target

by Karen Anders

Criminals want her mind... Her protector wants her love. Special agent Vincent Fitzgerald's mission is to find missing naval scientist Dr. Skylar Baang. The brilliant Filipino American beauty has been kidnapped for her knowledge and research on top secret projects. But even after Vin rescues her from a dangerous group, he knows they'll be back. A long-ago promise has kept Skylar committed to her work-love is a distraction she's never allowed herself. Now in the protective custody of a complicated NCIS agent who surprises her at every turn, Skylar wants to stop thinking and start feeling. But as the thugs come after her, she'll need everything she is-and smart, sexy Vin-to stay alive.

Designated Targets

by John Birmingham

The Second World War was turned on its head at the moment Admiral Kolhammer's ultra-modern stealth warships were hurled back through time from 2021. But no one could have predicted just how much of a nightmare would ensue . . . Only months after the Transition, the great powers scramble to develop the weapons of tomorrow. The year 1942 is now a world of crude jet fighters, monstrous attack helicopters, and unholy dirty bombs - a mongrel technology, born decades prematurely. Then, in a radical rewriting of history, Japanese forces sweep into Australia , foreign agents begin a campaign of terror in the USA , and Germany prepares for an all-out attack on Britain . The twenty-first-century forces must resort to the most extreme measures yet and face a future rife with possibilities - all of them apocalyptic . . . Picking up from where he left off with Weapons of Choice, John Birmingham shocks and awes us with this gripping second instalment in the Axis of Time trilogy.

Designed for Death

by Jean Harrington

An Eye for Detail, a Nose for TroubleInterior designer Deva Dunne's latest project comes to a screeching halt when blood on the carpet leads her to the body of her client, an exotic dancer with a mysterious past. But the murdered woman is not the only resident of the posh beachfront condominium with secrets, and investigating officer Lieutenant Victor Rossi considers them all suspects.Though wary of working in the killer's midst, Deva continues decorating the unit for the new owner. When she stumbles upon clues that might help crack the case, she can't resist doing a little digging of her own, despite Rossi's orders to quit meddling. Now, she's juggling the investigation, her career and sexy neighbor Simon Yaeger, who seems interested in more than her etchings.Deva can't help but be flattered by all the male attention-that is, until she realizes the killer has designs on her, too...67,000 words

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