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Desert Wind has ratings and 43 reviews. Donna said: I've liked these books in this particular series. I've read 3 so far. The author does her researc.
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Dance of the Bones. I Know a Secret. V is for Vengeance. In the Shadow of the Glacier. The Sanctity of Hate. Valley of Dry Bones. Some Like It Hot. The Heat of the Moon. The Llama of Death. The Spirit and the Skull. A Crack in Everything. Flowers for Her Grave. Shoot the Lawyer Twice. A Spark of Death. Panthers Play for Keeps. Evil in the 1st House. Face of the Enemy. The King of Ragtime. The Koala of Death. The Grim Reaper's Dance. A Cold White Sun. A Merry Band of Murderers.

How to write a great review. While I love watching Lena in action, some of the investigation did seem to drag a bit. However, this installment is still an excellent, well-written book that gives you something to think about while entertaining you at the same time. I received this book from NetGalley, through the courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press, in exchange for an honest review. This book is one of the Lena Jones series. Lena is a former cop, and Jimmy is an expert in computer hacking.

She ends up tracing him to the town where his father and remaining family live. Jimmy has been estranged from the family for years but now comes home to help when his brother, Theodore, is arrested for murder. His brother is soon discharged from jail, but by then there have been a few murders, and they all seem to connect to the closure of a uranium mine, and the possible opening of another. The Navajo Indians were subjected for almost 40 years to dust from exploded test nuclear bombs, and this exposure, while the government says it is not dangerous, has resulted in the deaths through three generations of countless Indians from cancer.

Jun 27, Gloria Feit rated it really liked it. In this case, a well-thought-out plot concludes with a muddied confession to three murders. So, Lena to the rescue. She was a kingpin in a group known as Victims of Uranium Mining, obviously those opposed to the opening of the mine, who were successful in obtaining a delay. As the story continues we learn a lot about the effects of bad mining practices on mine workers and of the atomic bomb tests in Nevada in the decades following World War II on local population and across the nation.

The novel presents a well-drawn murder mystery, with interesting characters and a subject that is of vital importance. Feb 02, Cluessister Williams rated it really liked it Shelves: I like a book that has me still thinking about it two days later. She also manages to get John Wayne into the first scene, so I was hooked from the beginning. The Duke has a recurring role in the story as a ghost, and his movie portrayal of Genghis Khan provides a key plot point. She reveals surprising and disturbing research about uranium mining and the ongoing effects of nuclear bomb testing in Arizona in the 1 I like a book that has me still thinking about it two days later.

She reveals surprising and disturbing research about uranium mining and the ongoing effects of nuclear bomb testing in Arizona in the s. If you think you know something about these topics you may be challenged by what she presented, as much as I was. The fiction is as compelling as the facts — a twisty plot with distinctive characters. This was my first Lena Jones mystery. She's a PI from Scottsdale who gets involved when her partner, Jimmy Sisiwan, is picked up for murder on the Indian reservation where he grew up.

It gives her the ability to add the details that make her characters believable and distinctive as she weaves her story back and forth from the mid-century to current times. Jul 18, Linda rated it it was amazing. The seventh of a series, Webb's Lena Jones is a damaged, gutsy, complex and likable heroine whose own dark secrets are revealed bit by bit as the books progress. These books are based upon backgrounds of true injustice, and are meticulously researched. This book is based upon the heedless and cold-blooded way the U.

There was a tremendous government cover-u The seventh of a series, Webb's Lena Jones is a damaged, gutsy, complex and likable heroine whose own dark secrets are revealed bit by bit as the books progress. There was a tremendous government cover-up with official liars telling everyone the radiation was harmless, and then making it nearly impossible to receive any compensation when lying was no longer possible. All this and more, yet Webb still writes compelling fiction, never boring the reader with background history. Her books have all taught me about history and events in this country that I was unaware of, and the stories stay with me.

Mar 18, Debra rated it really liked it Shelves: Lena Jones is an Arizona private investigator whose cases just happen to spotlight issues such as polygamy and its effects not just on those "married" but the extra boys in the cult.

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As a character she is multifaceted and always a pleasure to read about. As an issue-driven series, Betty Webb's journalism background makes them informative, yet not didactic.

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This series is on my "read as soon as possible after release" list. In Desert Wind, Betty spotlights the Downwinders, those downwind of the ab Lena Jones is an Arizona private investigator whose cases just happen to spotlight issues such as polygamy and its effects not just on those "married" but the extra boys in the cult. In Desert Wind, Betty spotlights the Downwinders, those downwind of the above ground nuclear testing of the 's - 60's and the subsequent high rates of cancer, sterility, and birth defects. Along side of this is the wasteful insanity of building water intensive resorts in the desert.

Read it for the issues and the bibliography in the back. Read it for the story and the characters.

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Either way you won't lose. Betty Webb's work is always an intriguing and pertinent read. DESERT WIND is not an exception as she tackles the subject of uranium poisoning of people, land, animals, and water in the context of governmental and private business denial and obfuscation. Webb's characters ring true as we see her protagonist Lena Jones continue to grow in activism, crime solving and self-understanding and acceptance.

Jimmie Sisiwan is the perfect counter-balance to Lena. Much has been written and said of Webb's jo Betty Webb's work is always an intriguing and pertinent read. Much has been written and said of Webb's journalistic background and there can be no doubt that it shows in her extensive research skills. But her novel writing comes alive with strong emotions, great action and deftly portrayed characters.


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I'll look forward to her next in this series and her zoo series, too. Apr 02, Lynn Lerch rated it it was amazing. Betty Webb has another winner! Lena Jones comes to work to discover her partner isn't a work and has taken off to the unknown. She tracks him down to a town on the Arizona border where his adopted family runs a dude ranch.

Betty jumps from to the present time to tell this story. Did you know that the Atomic Energy Committee told Americans in the 50's that the neuclar bomb testing in Nevada was safe? John Wayne tha movie "The Conquerer" where he and the cast,crew, and animals got cancer and Betty Webb has another winner! John Wayne tha movie "The Conquerer" where he and the cast,crew, and animals got cancer and most died from it.

Desert Wind (Lena Jones Mystery, book 7) by Betty Webb

This a very good exposure of our government's cover-up of this. It makes one wonder what is being covered up today. Betty Webb has a full list of books and articles she used in her research. This is 7 in the Lena Jones mystery series. The focus of Desert Wind is uranium poisoning.

The author is a former journalist and her topic for this novel is well researched. As with all her books, you are left with the feeling of having learned something.

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It is a good solid mystery. Other This is 7 in the Lena Jones mystery series. Betty Webb is a local Arizona author who writes mysteries that tackle thorny problems involving locals. All of her Lena Jones mysteries are based on stories that she covered as a reporter in Arizona and she o Betty Webb is a local Arizona author who writes mysteries that tackle thorny problems involving locals.

All of her Lena Jones mysteries are based on stories that she covered as a reporter in Arizona and she often alerts us to subjects that are pertinent to our lives today. Jun 04, Pat rated it really liked it. As usual with her Lena Jones books, Betty Webb has done extensive research to back up her story, this time about uranium mining and A-bomb testing in Nevada and northern Arizona.

The story is gripping with an interesting side story relating to John Wayne and the making of the movie The Conqueror made in the mids in southern Utah near the site of the tests. Good job as usual, and some very interesting characters from "Walapai Flats," Lena's partner Jimmy's home town. Aug 13, Renny rated it really liked it. Intense with the personification of too much pain But it is a story that is close to home.

I would have liked to see a little more focus and fewer side stories as it were. At the same time I am aware that the side stories helped define the multi-problem realities of the area as well as touch on the complex scope of the problems facing the region affected by the realities described in the story. The slain family's year-old, Alison, and her boyfriend, Kyle, have confessed to the murders. Thorsson wants to hire Lena to discover if Alison is telling the truth, but before accepting the job, Lena demands to know why a rising political star wants to involve herself with the fate of a girl she's never met.

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When the man who raped Scottsdale private investigator Lena Jones when she was a nine-year-old foster child is released from prison, Lena is waiting for him in the parking lot - with a big knife. Terrified he will be next, Wycoff violates his parole and flees north to the small town of Black Canyon City, taking shelter in an RV on his brother-in-law's small ranch.

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