Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Poisoned Pen Bookstore event on Sunday, 7 pm - Part 3

The guest authors are Jon Talton and Betty Webb for the special evening on Sunday, May 21. Both authors will talk about their work, answer questions, and then sign books. Register via the MLA conference form. You can send in a "Just the Event" paper copy of the form if you have already registered for the conference and somehow missed signing up for a Night of Mystery! We have more than the minimum number of registrants - sign up before we run out of room!

Betty Webb's new novel is Desert Run. It's a complex case based on real Arizona history. In this story, Scottsdale private eye, Lena Jones, is doing security for Warren Quinn, director of a documentary being shot at Papago Park about the German POW camp and the "great escape" of Christmas Eve, 1944, when some prisoners tunneled out and fled. (Did you know that Scottsdale housed a German POW camp during WWII?) And one surviving escapee, Kapitan Zur See Erik Ernst, a man in his nineties confined to a wheelchair after a boating accident, has just been murdered. Worse, his Ethiopian caregiver begs Lena to clear him as a suspect. Lena learns that Ernst and two other POWs hid out in the rugged Superstition Mountains. Nearby, on Christmas Night, a farm family was slaughtered. A jury didn't convict the family's only survivor, a teen-age son. What might Chess Bollinger know about Ernst and vice versa? And how much can Lena trust Quinn, either as a client, a witness, or a lover? Betty is the author of three other Lena Jones novels: Desert Noir, Desert Wives and Desert Shadows.

Jon Talton's third novel, Dry Heat, also captures the culture and life of Phoenix. Indeed, the past is never past on the mean streets of Phoenix. Half a century after the unsolved murder of an FBI agent, the missing badge is found on the body of a dead transient. The case seems a perfect fit for David Mapstone, history professor turne
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