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Come Dark
by Steven F. Havill


Overview - Posadas County, New Mexico, is in the news. NightZone, a mammoth astronomy theme park, is bringing in jobs, media, and such new infrastructure as a slick narrow-gauge railway to transport tourists from the village of Posadas to the tramway running up the mesa to the project s site.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Posadas County, New Mexico, is in the news. NightZone, a mammoth astronomy theme park, is bringing in jobs, media, and such new infrastructure as a slick narrow-gauge railway to transport tourists from the village of Posadas to the tramway running up the mesa to the project s site. And the Posadas High School girls volleyball team is on a hot winning streak, exciting everyone. But more news, not good, breaks. Volleyball Coach Clint Scott has been found gunned-down in the girls shower room, the victim of four bullets, one fired nearly point blank into his heart. Dead for hours, killed soon after the end of last night s game. And, last night, a homegrown Banksy had tagged both one of the railway cars and a section of NightZone s giant radio telescope dish. Then, apparently, this young artist began work on a section of wall outside the girls locker room at the high school a project that was clearly dramatically interrupted. With morning come two strange incidents. Stacie Willis Stewart, a former Posadas volleyball star, locks up her baby and Jack Russell terrier in her Volvo, walks away to local superstore The Spree and disappears. A former teacher spots the child and dog before the heat can kill them. Deputy Tom Pasquale, in The Spree s parking lot where he s spotted a suspicious Illinois plate on a Ford Fusion, watched it all. He then leads a fruitless search for her inside the store. No luck but he does score a man with an Elvis haircut and his wife when they return to the Ford with stories that don t add up. The lead on the murder is Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, who s still able to call on the retired former sheriff, Bill Gastner a good thing, for she is surprised by the arrival of her piano-prodigy son, Francisco, age 15, in a sleek Corvette driven some one thousand unchaperoned miles by an eighteen-year-old beauty, a cellist. Their goal: to join the one hundredth birthday celebration for Estelle s mother."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464205279
  • ISBN-10: 1464205272
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 308
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Posadas County Mysteries (Paperback)

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-01-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Havill’s strong 21st mystery set in New Mexico (after 2015’s Blood Sweep), a series of major and minor events tax the meager resources of the Posadas County’s Sheriff’s Department. NightZone—a “mammoth astronomy theme park project,” complete with a radio telescope array and a hotel atop a mesa—is near completion. It’s attracting lots of media attention, as is the girls’ high school volleyball team, which is on a 65-game winning streak. Meanwhile, undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman looks into the disappearance of Stacie Stewart, an auditor with the local electric cooperative, who left her baby and dog in a sweltering car; spray-paint vandalism at both NightZone and the high school; and the fatal shooting of girls’ volleyball coach Clint Scott in the girls’ shower room. Series regulars, including former undersheriff Bill Gastner, interact with a number of intriguing new characters, including Miles Waddell, the owner and sole funder of NightZone. Newcomers will enjoy this entry as much as longtime fans. (Apr.)

 
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