Thursday, April 16, 2009

Death in the Desert Blasted for Brutality

Uh oh. Seems there's one reader of Death in the Desert, Moonlight Mesa Associates newest production, that thinks the book is unfair, brutal and "too bloody."

The suspense novel, set in the Southwest, takes a good look at the river of narcotics flowing into this country. It's also a novel of revenge and, for some, reconciliation. Apparently the revenge part of the novel has set at least one reader on her high horse.

U.S. Marshal Jake Starr, described best by Paula Silici as a noble but engagingly flawed hero, does indeed take the law into his own hands in exacting retribution. The only other character, however, who gets her well deserved revenge is the hapless immigrant, Juana Salcedo, found by Detective Ben Thomas as she awaits death in the desert after being abandoned by her coyote owner, Bill Passkey. Passkey, probably one of the most anti-social psychopaths yet to come down the road of perversion, gets his brutal payback from Salcedo. Well, maybe Ben Thomas evens his score too.

It doesn't seem to matter that the bad guys get creamed and the good guys survive in this western novel of death and mayhem. Some people just don't like the truth of the way things are. Oops.

The author, R.L. Coffield, puts forth a premise that has surprisingly not yet raised any hackles. Coffield suggests that the Mexican cartels are largely sponsored by Arab terrorist groups known to be operating in Mexico, and that a Mexican flag will wave at the White House without a shot having been fired. Looks like a lot of others believe this possible too.
Death in the Desert is distributed by Ingram and is available at and as well as local book sellers.
Submitted by T. Jerome

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