Praise for Final Payment..."Havill takes the reader through an all-terrain investigation to an edge-of-your-seat finale." -Publishers Weekly "The action and suspense have been ratcheted up several notches here, but Havill's always-sensitive depictions of human relationships remain the backbone of the series...Havill, by darkening the brew just a bit, has once again found the right shade." -Booklist The rugged Cat Mesa country north of the village of Posadas is hosting the first annual Posadas 100, a cycle-cross bicycle race that promises to attract more than 140 competitors. Despite enough injuries during the pre-race practice to promise a spectacular and dangerous event, Undersheriff Estelle Reyes- Guzman has even more pressing concerns on her mind. Someone has been using Jerry Turner's big Cessna 206 and then returning it to its hangar at the Posadas airport. Estelle has worries at home as well. Facing his first public piano recital, her prodigiously talented seven-year-old son is stubbornly refusing to tell anyone what he plans to play, and it's making everyone, including his music teacher, very nervous.
The day of the big race brings a tragedy that doesn't look like an accident, and as the investigation continues, puzzling connections emerge deep in Mexico. 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.