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... a riveting read of desert drama and mystery, very much recommended.
Midwest Book Review on Artifacts of Death.
Perceptive storytelling energized by an admirable protagonist and refined prose.
Kirkus Reviews on Artifacts of Death.
... an enticing pick for any mystery fan who loves the modern west and its natural wonders.
Midwest Book Review on February’s Files.
Author Rich Curtin's soft-spoken crime-solver Manny Rivera stands tall in the world of detective fiction. Rivera is smart, honest and skilled at taking a hodgepodge of clues and suspects and figuring out who did it and why. As a bonus, Rivera does his work in some of America's most beautiful country, the sculpted red rocks near Moab, Utah, and the empty landscape beyond. I love this series.
Anne Hillerman, author of the New York Times best-seller
"Spider Woman's Daughter", a Jim Chee-Joe Leaphorn mystery.
ARTIFACTS OF DEATH
A Murder Mystery in Utah's Canyon Country
by Rich Curtin
The body of a murdered ranch hand is discovered in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest.
Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned to the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts. Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity.
After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there?
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ISBN# 978-1453890851
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About the story
Events which took place in 1938 set in motion a series of present-day murders in the high desert country around Moab, Utah. In the magnificent land of canyons, mesas, mountains and rivers, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera takes the reader on a journey involving a hidden cave, a fortune in ancient-Indian pots, a shady artifact dealer, a university laboratory, a home for the elderly, and a man who deeply regrets a decision he made. The author presents a cast of believable characters (no superheroes) and vivid descriptions of the breathtaking backcountry landscape. In the end, the hero is faced with a moral crisis: to enforce the law or serve the cause of justice. And a woman receives the answer to a question that's haunted her for seventy years.
FEBRUARY'S FILES
Another Manny Rivera Mystery
by Rich Curtin
The body of a murdered ranch hand is discovered in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest.
Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned to the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts. Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity.
After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there?
See how the story begins
ISBN# 978-1469908694
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TRAILS OF DECEPTION
Another Manny Rivera Mystery
by Rich Curtin
Protesters in downtown Moab are demonstrating against pothunters who defile ancient-Indian graves in search of valuable artifacts. A manifesto threatening stronger action in retaliation for the pothunting is received by the local newspaper. Soon thereafter, a San Francisco artifact collector is found murdered in a remote part of the LaSal Mountains. In his backpack is a freshly-dug ancient-Indian pot. Subsequent acts of lawless defiance emphasize the serious nature of the protest.
Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the job of tracking down the cold-blooded killer. His investigation takes him to a scientific research center, the home of a curandera, a charitable hospice, and a remote part of Utah called the Big Triangle. The series of crimes threatens to derail Moab’s tourist economy, so Rivera is under pressure to solve the case quickly. But clues are sparse and Rivera’s well-honed sense of logic is severely tested.
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ISBN# 978-1489591500
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