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Arizona Guy by Raymond Spitzer
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Sep 15, 2011

really liked it

This is a different kind of regional mystery-- one with a young guy as the protagonist rather than an elderly lady or a young hip woman-- and that added to my enjoyment of it. Ted White comes from California to house sit for his aunt and uncle in Ajo, Arizona. Problem is, they're missing, and no one in this small, close-knit border town seems to know where they are. As Ted traipses all over town, dealing with a very confused neighbor lady and an angry teen who seems to want him out of the way at all costs, we get acquainted with Ajo right along with Ted. In fact, Ajo is like a character in its own right.

I enjoyed this book, especially the characters and how they related to one another. My favorite scene is where Ted is waiting outside his relative's house, locked out, in the heat of the desert sun and watches ants moving along the rocks where he's sitting. Any writer who can make someone watching ants fascinating will have my attention for the entire book!

Now I really want to go visit Ajo, Arizona!

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