Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
s in author Michael Norman's last three books, this second of his J.D. Books mysteries,
, brings excitement and suspense into play.
hen a pair of local pot hunters disappear from an unlawful dig to uncover valuable antiquities, J.D. becomes immersed in a search that will lead him into territory in which he has no desire to go.
he pot hunters' home is broken into and robbed of a valuable collection of Native American ancient artifacts. J.D. has an idea who is responsible but has no way to prove his hunch.
hen the pot hunters' truck and RV are found at an abandoned campsite, footprints and tire tracks are clues but lead investigators nowhere.
he cast of characters Norman has collected are as good and as bad as a good read would want them to be. Books' family joins in the mix, as does his girlfriend who is to represent a man that J.D. has arrested as one of the bad guys. Talk about a conflict of interest.
ooks had no idea that the case he worked on would so affect his own family. Hard to survive such a catastrophe. Don't miss this one. It's a goodie, an old-time Western with up-to-date equipment.
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