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  • Paperback
  • 612 pages
  • Desert Rage
  • Betty Webb
  • 10 August 2015
  • 9781464203114

10 thoughts on “Desert Rage

  1. Carolyn Injoy Carolyn Injoy says:

    I received a free kindle copy of Desert Rage by Betty Webb published by Poisoned Pen Press from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review I gave this page turner five starsDesert Rage is a Lena Jones mystery She is a Scottsdale PI partnered with Jimmy Sisiwan a Pima Indian She meets the Honorable Juliana Thorsson a US Congresswoman at her home in Scottsdale AZ She was reuested not to drive the company jeep because it was too well known When she arrived the Congresswoman asked her to exchange the sunshield to something neutral instead of Jimmy's which read Paleface Go HomeShe researched Lena's past told her some information that had been sealed by the court Lena maintained forced controlShe has been called there about the Cameron house murders where an entire family a doctor his wife a ten year old son had been killed by Kyle Gibbs the boyfriend of the surviving daughter Alison who was supposed to be the criminal mastermind of this crime Even the family pet was injured They were charged separatelyJuliana in her youth was an egg donor was the biological mother of Alison Cameron Her first egg donation had been to her sister that resulted in her 'niece' IlsaLena went to Alison's attorney's office Stephen Zeller Es looked up to see the Superstition Mountains Curtis Racine is Kyle's attorney While Lena was looking at the brutal crime scene photos her partner Jimmy said “Don’t let the fact that she showed mercy to the dog fool you”“We all practice selective compassion except for maybe the Dalai Lama He pities everyone”After seeing the crime scene photos Lena was depressed so she went to the Olive Garden in search of comfort foodEven worse a party nearby was celebrating a young woman’s birthday their merriment reminding me that I didn’t know my own birth date How could I? I had been found at the age of four—at least that’s the age the admitting physician estimated—lying beside a Phoenix street the bullet in my head wiping out all memories of birthdays When I emerged from my coma I couldn’t remember who my parents were or who had shot meShe experiences post traumatic stress syndrome including screaming nightmaresAfter Lena met Felix Phelps who was slowly killing himself with food drink she thought Were we damaged children programmed to love our mothers regardless?Somehow despite all evidence to the contrary love continued to flow both ways through the polluted maternal stream Genetic mysteries being beyond my capacity to solveThere are many suspects in the murders enough twists turns to keep me guessing How can they narrow the suspect list to find the guilty party? Does the Congresswoman have a separate agenda? How would the hit run of a prison guard tie in with the other murders? Can Lena recover from her beating in time to help solve this mystery?Link to purchase

  2. Lesa Lesa says:

    When Betty Webb takes us into Lena Jones' Arizona world the mysteries are always powerful and disturbing They blend Lena's own past and her passion for the truth with a violent contemporary crime in today's Arizona Desert Rage may be Webb's best so farThe police had already wrapped up the case involving the slaying of the Cameron family by the time Lena Jones from Desert Investigations is called in to reexamine the evidence A Scottsdale doctor his wife and his ten year old son were brutally beaten and killed His fourteen year old daughter Ali and her boyfriend Kyle have confessed to the crime But US Representative Juliana Thorsson wants Lena to keep digging When pressed she admits she's actually Ali's biological mother Thorsson may be an ambitious political candidate but she has secrets that could destroy her political career However she wants the true killer brought to justice She's convinced her daughter isn't a killerWith her own troubled childhood Lena can understand the two teens and doubts that they were capable of committing the heinous murders Together with her business partner Pima Indian Jimmy Sisiwan Lena searches for answers in the Cameron family's past It's Jimmy who digs up an unusual clue that may lead to the killer But it's Lena's actions that threaten to destroy Desert Investigations and endanger her lifeWebb's latest mystery succeeds on so many fronts Once again Lena's own mysterious past plays into the current case and plays havoc with her life Lena is a tough determined investigator but she still suffers from her troubled childhood still longs for answers and remains afraid to connect with people or ask for help when she needs it She wants to help two troubled teens but remains unable to help or get help for herselfBetty Webb herself mentioned that a secondary storyline almost took over the book She's right but what a fascinating secondary storyline She's an expert at misleading the reader while providing clues and a perfect ending I can't say without giving too much away but any reader will admire the author's storytelling after finishing this bookIt becomes a cliche to say a story is ripped from the headlines but Webb is so skilled in presenting a mystery that feels as if it was a nonfiction account of a murder and subseuent investigation Every detail is perfect for this story And the story is realistic not only in the story of the crime and Lena's search for answers Webb's Arizona setting is pitch perfect She knows every street every town she describes in vivid detail The hot dusty Arizona climate is perfect for creating the atmosphere of Desert RageBetty Webb has changed lives and laws with her Lena Jones mysteries before Desert Rage isn't that type of story But in my opinion it's her most powerful story yet a riveting story of crime and the search for truthBetty Webb's website is wwwbettywebb mysterycom

  3. Carl Brookins Carl Brookins says:

    Her powerful series based in part on the knowledge gained during the author’s work as an active reporter in Arizona That information infuses her novels with a strong feeling of authenticity Teen aged angst misunderstandings and over reaction lead Scottsdale private investigator Lena into a dark place where she must pit her analytical skills and persistence against both official stubbornness and a nearly diabolical adversaryAs readers of this series have come to expect the writing is excellent the characters are well delineated and the story is complicated and real Two teens Alison and Kyle plan to run away to Hollywood and in idle exchanges threaten to murder Alison’s family When the family is indeed brutally murdered the teens believe each has separately done the deed and each confesses to authorities Arizona Senator Julia Thorsson with secrets of her own hires Lena Jones to clear the teens and find the real murderer or murderers The task leads Lena and her partner Pima Indian computer expert Jimmy Sisawan into a difficult case with many surprising layersThe action is mostly intense and persistent although there are chapters in which the author seems to lose focus and the action slows considerably However when Lena is focused on the case at hand and not arguing with her partner the action is brisk and logical There are indications that her journalistic zeal for the story—surrogacy law enforcement assumptions public attitudes toward politics gets in the way of the story Nevertheless the uality of the work shines through the story is compelling and well worth any reader’s time

  4. Donna Donna says:

    This is my first Betty Webb novel and even though this book is not the first book in the Lena Jones Mystery series I thoroughly enjoyed it I want to read the earlier ones to get the back story but this held up nicely even without that info Now I did have some problems with this but nothing that annoyed me so much that I started deducting stars I liked the characters The MC was a female private investigator and she was well drawn She had some solid relationships that helped create a picture of who she was I liked the way she found clues and revealed them Now with that being said she seemed like the only competent person in all of Arizona who could do it I like to see some kind of team work This had a little of that but I would have liked The story seemed pretty cut and dry in the beginning so I was curious how they were going to debunk the way it looked because apparently things were not as they seemed I wasn't disappointed in how that played out Some of my assumptions were wrong This had some well placed and well thought out twists that kept the plot in motion Now there was a fair amount of repetition especially in specific character traits in case the reader forgot what they read in the last chapter and the chapter before that I also didn't like some of the descriptive stokes used to describe the young teen girl Her vocabulary her reactions to her slaughtered family her stint in jailit just seemed to not fit a modern teenage girl of today I have 2 of them so Betty Webb's descriptions didn't ring true to meBut other than those things I liked this I look forward to reading

  5. Toni Toni says:

    So happy to find a new mystery series and author Really liked this mystery as the characters were well developed and true to life It takes place in Scottsdale AZ and I grew up in Mesa

  6. Betty Betty says:

    I was please to find this as I read this series when I find it This cozy mystery takes place around the Scottsdale AZ area Lena Jones is a PI and her partner is a computer expert Lena is asked to meet a Senate candidate anonymously The candidate wants her to investigate a triple murder A prominent Docter his wife and 10 year son are found ducted tape and beaten to death Their 14 year old daughter confessed that she plan the murders Her boyfriend kill them and he agrees As Lena investigates she vegans to wonder about the confessions Desert Investigation building is fire bomb Lena must used all her sources and skills to solve the murders before she loses her own life Looking to reading another adventure of Lena's'Full Disclosure I received a free copy from Poison Pen Press through Netgalley for a honest review I would like to thank them for opportunity to read and review this book The opinions are my own

  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I received a copy of Desert Rage by Betty Webb and did not realize it was part of a series however I found this to be a delightful murder mystery and will check into her previous books in the series

  8. Jodi Pomerleau Jodi Pomerleau says:

    35 starsI would have given it 4 45 stars except for a few things First it makes no sense that Kyle hurt the Misty This is inconsistent with his personality The teens were painted pretty callously in the opening chaptersI mean who stumbles upon a family murder and they just change clothes and head to Hollywood This is another book there seems to be waaaaaayyyyyy too many where if people had talked to each other there would not have been any problems And who would head to Hollywood with someone who has just killed your family? Once you get past those points the story hums along and is pretty interesting and then a great big stopI was listening to this as an audiobook so I am not sure how many chapters it entailed but the whole recuperation in the desert could have been left outJust get on with the story Lena could have come to her conclusions in a different way that would not have seemingly endless pages of being boredbecause as the reader I was bored too I think this could have been a much better story because the bones are there

  9. Kat Kat says:

    this lena series is good her office gets firebombed by a female body builder on steroids after lena had her hummer towed from their parking lot she was also on the case of a mother father and son that were murdered and the teen daughter and boyfriend were charged both confessed to take away guilt from the other one but neither did it it was the choc family the dr was the one putting inmates to death on death row and the family was getting revenge when their brother was executed lena got the office rebuilt and moved back in she had a brain injury from a beating by the steroid woman but is better now

  10. Nancy Nancy says:

    As with all in the series that I have read I liked this book Except there is an inconsistent feel to the characters in this book The prologue reads like it belongs to a different book Almost as if the plot changed as the book progressed How can Ali and Kyle be soul mates he rescues animals but doesn't know she cared about the dog Also the comment that because she bit me doesn't fit anything else about Kyle in the rest of the bookAdditionally the relationship between Lena and Juliana doesn't grow It is barely cool to warm with no progression Otherwise a good plot and the killers are always a surprise

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Desert Rage[Reading] ➿ Desert Rage By Betty Webb – Ferociously ambitious US Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson has been keeping a secret The horrific slaughter of a prominent doctor his wife and their ten year old son inside their Scottsdale home b Ferociously ambitious US Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson has been keeping a secret The horrific slaughter of a prominent doctor his wife and their ten year old son inside their Scottsdale home brings Thorsson to Private Investigator Lena Jones 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 Desperate for Lena s help Thorsson reveals her explosive secret that Ali son is the candidate s biological daughter a fact she s kept hidden for years But that s not all Thorsson then confides something even unusual than a mere hidden pregnancy something that could ruin her political plans forever Suspecting that Alison s parents had secrets of their own that could have led to the murders Lena finally accepts Thorsson s assignment But interviewing those who knew the family well soon puts Lena now a strong defender of the two teens in danger of her life Fast paced probing and filled with the trademark twists of the Lena Jones series Desert Rage once again shows that Betty Webb is unsparing of her characters yet writes their stories with wit and compassion.