Roadside Attraction

Roadside Attraction

by J. Carson Black

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Overview

In its heyday, Tombstone, Arizona was "The Town too Tough to Die".  Now it's scrabbling to survive—a wide spot in the road. Today's Wyatt Earps, Doc Hollidays and Big Nose Kates plying the tourist trade on Allen Street are less likely to get into range wars, as they are preoccupied with mortgages, car payments, and the odd bum knee. 

Tombstone is home to Maggie O'Neil, intrepid probation officer, whose lover has just taken off for Nashville to make his fortune. Worse, Maggie has misplaced one of her probationers, Freddy Valenzuela. She figures Freddie is the best of the bunch—one of the few who might actually make it through probation and succeed in life.

Maggie doesn't believe Freddie Valenzuela would skip town without his dog Blue. He might leave his girlfriend, since they had their share of troubles, but not Blue. Then Freddie's girlfriend Shari Slater turns up dead. Not just dead, either—she's been tortured. Freddie's the main suspect until he's found dead as well, his mashed-up pickup lodged in a tree. A crime wave has hit Cochise County, and before the body count rises higher than the number of burial plots on Boot Hill, Maggie must figure out what is going on and find a way to stop it.

When a valuable reining horse is stolen from a nearby ranch, Maggie discovers a strange connection between Freddie, his girlfriend, and the missing horse. She begins to suspect that the murders have the horse and its owners at the center. As the bodies pile up, Maggie realizes time is running out, and if she doesn't do something soon, she might just be the next to die.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940016307183
Publisher: Breakaway Media
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Maggie O'Neil Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 851,852
File size: 568 KB

About the Author

Hailed by bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker as "a strong new voice in American crime fiction," J. Carson Black has written fifteen novels including THE SHOP and HARD RETURN in the bestselling Cyril Landry series, and her New York Times and USA Today bestselling crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal. Although Black earned a master's degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write a horror novel after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

A man driving an old car tried to abduct her as a child, following her through an empty Tucson neighborhood. Her friend's mother, who happened to be outside, scared the driver away. Black remembered exactly what the car looked like--a 1955 Chevrolet sedan, orange over white. The sedan makes an appearance in DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, although the victim in the story isn't so lucky.

A Tucson, Arizona native, Black writes about the New West.

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