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A reporter's mentor is killed while investigating a murder and she is quickly put on the trail to break the story open. When she finds herself over her head in a dangerous world of treachery, greed, power, and revenge, it is going to take all of her ingenuity--and a lot of help--if she's going to solve the case and make it out alive. A first-rate page-turner filled with mounting, almost unbearable suspense, Roz Russell's debut looks deep into the inner dimensions of the artistic mind to ask: is murder a form of art?
Joe Taylor, the leading investigative reporter for the Albuquerque Post, has mentored Jessica Curtis for the past six years. But now Joe's dead--murdered--and the only thing Jessica knows about the story he'd been working on, the Michael Lange murder, is that it happened three years ago and the killer has never been found. Now the investigation is hers and she's about to realize she was a lot safer when she knew a lot less.
A high profile art dealer and construction entrepreneur in Santa Fe, Lange had dirt on every friend and foe in the tawny northern New Mexico city--and he wasn't afraid to use it to his advantage. And when the body count rises and the danger escalates, Jessica is no closer to finding the murderer and everyone remains a suspect--including the enigmatic artist she has begun an affair with. As she scrambles to stay alive and break the story open, Jessica must answer the ultimate question: can she do so before the killer adds her to the list of victims?
A mystery novel that explores the power of art, Russell delivers a captivating meditation on fate, the inevitability of certain life events, and the cascading consequences of one act as it influences everything that happens afterwards. Perfectly paced with engaging characters, razor sharp turns and surprising twists, Murder Once Removed is a taut, suspenseful mystery that will keep you guessing until the final, explosive revelation.
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The truth can set you free...or get you killed.
Investigative reporter Jessica Curtis's life is about to turn upside down. Joe Taylor, her mentor for the past six years, is killed while investigating the murder of a high-profile Santa Fe art dealer and construction entrepreneur. Sensing the two are connected and determined to find her friend's killer, Jessica picks up the investigation where Joe left off and is quickly ensnared in the complex Santa Fe art world full of treachery, greed, and power--and deep connections to the world of politics. When the number of possible killers increases the number of people Jessica can trust quickly dwindles--including the enigmatic artist she has begun an affair with. As the tension mounts and body count rises, Jessica must answer the ultimate question: can she solve the case before the killer adds her to the list of victims?
A taut, suspenseful mystery that explores the nature of fate, the inevitability of certain life events, and the cascading consequences of one act as it influences everything that happens after, Murder Once Removed dives deep into the inner dimensions of the artistic mind to ask whether murder itself can be a form of art.
Roz Russell was born and raised in El Paso, earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Texas, El Paso, and has spent her most of her life in the Southwest. She has been a private investigator, travel agent, realtor, and an artist working in pottery and stained glass. She is a certified ESL teacher and a licensed dog groomer. Russell currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her dogs, Minnie and Coco.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1484820657