"[Havill] renders his characters as artfully as ever.... In carving out a little corner of New Mexico near the Mexican border, Havill has created an absorbing and entertaining universe." -Publishers Weekly
"Former Posadas County, New Mexico, sheriff Bill Gastner remains in the background as Havill's series shifts its focus to Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman....Mystery series too often lose their way when the author attempts to replace an appealing hero. Hats off to Havill for making the transition work smoothly." -Booklist
"A first-rate police procedural, small-town division. And Estelle's a charmer." -Kirkus Reviews
In this Posadas County mystery featuring Estelle Reyes-Guzman as the undersheriff, former sheriff Bill Gastner is peering out of the wings to which he dispatched himself upon retirement. For Estelle, coping with her new job and her family is still far from easy, and now she is faced the death of a young woman on a motorcycle-a death that may have been caused by improper driving by one of the county's officers when he tried to stop her for speeding. Estelle soon learns there is more to this case than meets the eye, and now she must find her own way to solve the mystery of the woman's death.
Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of more than forty years, Kathleen, in New Mexico. He is the author of more than twenty novels set in the American west, taught secondary schools for 25 years, and recently earned an AAS degree in gunsmithing.