Desert Wives (Lena Jones #2)
That's what private detective Lena Jones learns when she helps thirteen year old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamy compound hidden in a desolate area near straddling Utah/Arizona border.
When Rebecca's mother is arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca's intended husband, Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to
In addition to a puzzling mystery, well-portraye...more
Being an obedient and subse...more
Lena Jones is back to work in Desert Wives and this time she is up against a polygamist compound. Her intention was to get her client's daughter, Rebecca, out of Prophet Solomon Royal's clutches. Rebecca is only 13 years old and doesn't want to marry Prophet Solomon and her mother doesn't want that either. She had already gotten away from that life and she wants a better life for herself and her daughter.
Len gets Rebecca back, but Rebecca's father Abel is determined to get her back, especially
Lena Jones is a former cop/private eye based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her client is a woman who has fled from the Purity polygamy compound...more
I would definitely enjoy more books with Lena. I didn't even realize this was #2 in a series and had no problems reading it independently.
Lena struggles with a nasty past of her own but felt compelled to subject herself to some really unpleasant things to help spare a young girl from hell. I found the steps she took under...more
Desert Wives is a wonderful expose of life in a polygamist sect. Since this book was written in 2002, polygamist sects have often been in the headlines. Even here in British Columbia we have a polygamist sect in Bountiful which is allied with the Arizona/Utah polygamists. They are often in th...more
There's a touch of Tony Hillerman through the frequent allusions to native-American spiritual beliefs but the book is not really derivative. It also presents a native's perspective on the population explosion in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and the toll it has taken. This is all done in an expository way that's factual but not preachy.
Now retired from journalism to write full time, she also contributes the Small Press column for Mystery Sce...more