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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betty Webb Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lena Jones Mysteries Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781455189632
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Arizona is still a wicked frontier.

While scouting locations for a film documentary on Arizona’s Apache Wars, private investigator Lena Jones and Oscar-winning director Warren Quinn discover the mutilated body of a young girl. The gruesome manner of the child’s death evokes memories of Lena’s own rough childhood.

Clashing with the local law, Lena’s investigation uncovers a small town with a big secret, for Los Perdidos is not the Eden it first appears to be. Founded by the descendants of pioneers who fought Geronimo, the townspeople have now armed themselves against the hordes of illegal immigrants streaming across the Arizona-Mexico border. A significant population of documented foreign-born residents also lives and works in Los Perdedos at a modern plant. Lena senses a sinister force at work in the town—but where?

Then two more girls disappear from Los Perdidos, and as the death toll mounts, Lena is tempted to implement some frontier justice of her own. When she finally unmasks the killer, she discovers a chain of horrific crimes responsible for subjugating millions of girls and women around the globe.

In Desert Cut, the still vivid memory of Geronimo’s war mixes with the modern immigration war, the hard life on the Arizona-Mexico border contrasts with Hollywood’s slick production meetings, and the cruelty of an ancient practice is tempered by a growing underground railroad fighting to save its young victims.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The longtime journalist manages to fuel her plot from the starkest of news stories without compromising the fast-paced action…A propulsive, thought-provoking read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It is a compelling story that will appeal to a broad range of mystery readers—and may bring increased attention to a too-little-known series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This Southwestern series has a depth that enhances the reader’s pleasure.”

    Library Journal

  • “Webb’s dark tale of a clash of cultures is emotionally draining and intellectually challenging.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “There are many layers to Desert Cut that Betty Webb deftly handles, not allowing them to become overwhelming, but allowing them to weave a richly detailed story.”

    TheMysteryReader.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria Shepherd | 7/17/2013

    " Unflinching, compelling novel exposing the horrors of female genital mutilation. Riveting read by a socially conscious author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Dees | 1/18/2013

    " I love all of Betty Webb's Lena Jones books. This one takes a tough look at a disturbing practice. Some parts were hard to read, because of the graphic nature of the crime, but it certainly opened my mind to what goes on in other parts of the world. Made me sad, but a good read, nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/26/2012

    " Rather dark, but if this is truly going on in USA, it's scary! Lena stumbles on the body of a young girl. She's dead, but no visible signs of how she died. Haunted by this child, Lena begins snooping around and finds disturbing facts - and a possible connection to her pasat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/28/2012

    " Betty Webb writes about occurrences that most people are unaware are happening in our country. She's not my favorite writer, but I always learn something from her writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena Jo | 2/27/2012

    " I'm a Betty Webb fan - especially the Lena Jones series! Betty gives you a bit of history that leaves you wanting more and believe me, you'll go searching out the history of it all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 7/10/2011

    " Webb doesn't shy away from explicit. While these stories need to be told, all consider long and hard before reading another Lena Jones mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 7/8/2011

    " Good read, listened to it while at work. Grabs you from the very start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/11/2011

    " Love this series set in Arizona. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Cook | 12/24/2010

    " Betty Webb writes suspenseful mysteries. She also writes about significant social problems. "Desert Cut" is difficult to read because it's about female genital mutilation, but it is an important and well written mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 8/19/2010

    " Rather dark, but if this is truly going on in USA, it's scary! Lena stumbles on the body of a young girl. She's dead, but no visible signs of how she died. Haunted by this child, Lena begins snooping around and finds disturbing facts - and a possible connection to her pasat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 4/2/2010

    " Webb doesn't shy away from explicit. While these stories need to be told, all consider long and hard before reading another Lena Jones mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 2/20/2010

    " Betty Webb writes suspenseful mysteries. She also writes about significant social problems. "Desert Cut" is difficult to read because it's about female genital mutilation, but it is an important and well written mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 4/19/2009

    " I'm a Betty Webb fan - especially the Lena Jones series! Betty gives you a bit of history that leaves you wanting more and believe me, you'll go searching out the history of it all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/19/2008

    " Betty Webb writes about occurrences that most people are unaware are happening in our country. She's not my favorite writer, but I always learn something from her writings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/26/2008

    " Love this series set in Arizona. "

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About the Author
Author Betty Webb

Betty Webb worked as a journalist and often bases her mystery novels on stories she covered as a reporter. She teaches creative writing at Phoenix College.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”