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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.
... good detective stories. Don't miss these if you like mysteries.
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier.
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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FEBRUARY'S FILES
Another Manny Rivera Mystery
by Rich Curtin
A skeleton buried in a makeshift stone grave is discovered on a remote bluff overlooking Labyrinth Canyon in southeast Utah. Cause of death: a bullet to the back of the head. The victim turns out to be a controversial investigative journalist from New York City who moved to Moab a few years earlier for some peace and quiet. That’s what he found, but only for a little while. He couldn’t shut off his investigative instincts and that eventually cost him his life. Even small towns have secrets worth killing for.
Manny Rivera, a Grand County deputy sheriff, is assigned the case. In pursuit of the murderer, he takes the reader on a journey involving a tragic 50-year-old bus accident, the inner workings of a local Health Department, a talented computer hacker, and an abandoned cemetery with an elderly caretaker. Time is of the essence, as an unsolved murder in the backcountry will inevitably inhibit tourism, Moab’s sole economic driver. To solve the case, Rivera must unravel a series of four puzzling questions.
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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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ISBN# 978-1496152855
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MOONSHADOW MURDER
Another Manny Rivera Mystery
by Rich Curtin
A backcountry commune, consisting of cave-like dwellings hollowed out of an immense sandstone formation in the remote high-desert landscape west of Moab, becomes the focal point of a murder case. A nineteen-year-old girl named Sunshine, a member of the small community, mysteriously disappears one evening. She was last seen hiking from her residence into an oncoming September thunderstorm. Orin, the leader of the commune, organizes a small search party the next morning to look for her. They discover Sunshine about a mile from the commune, dead by strangulation.
Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera arrives at the crime scene and begins his investigation. He looks around at the vast empty terrain, wondering why anyone would kill a seemingly innocent young lady out in the middle of nowhere. The other residents of the commune, an unusual collection of drop-outs from society, are all potential suspects. Rivera's pursuit of the killer introduces the reader to the commune and its bizarre history, a strange backcountry hermit who lives in a camper-top pickup truck, and a picturesque ranch overlooking Labyrinth Canyon owned by a wealthy well-connected third-generation rancher. Rivera receives assistance in his investigation from Amy Rousseau, PhD, an attractive botanist who is quickly becoming his love interest.
Rivera conducts his investigation while dealing with problems caused by his inexperienced new boss, Sheriff Denny Campbell. In the end, the deputy's own life is endangered as he gets closer to understanding the motive for Sunshine's murder.
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