A New Lena Jones Novel
by Betty Webb
Ferociously ambitious U.S. 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 the politician to private investigator Lena Jones. The slain family’s 14-year-old daughter, 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, Thorasson reveals her explosive secret – that Alison is the canidate’s biological daughter, a fact she’s kept hidden for years. But that’s not all. Thorsson then confides something even more 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 accepts the 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.
The critics say: “Fast paced, probing, and filled with the tradmark twist of the Lena Jones series. Betty Webb is unsparing of her characters, yet writes their stories with wit and compassion.” Strong. Moving.” “Webb’s best book yet.”
To read the first chapter of DESERT RAGE, log onto Betty’s web site at bettywebb-mystery.com. And to find out if she’ll be at an event near you, log onto bettywebbsignings.blogspot.com
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 43. No. 6 December 2014/January 2015