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Desert Lost by Betty Webb
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Feb 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mysteries
Read in February, 2010

Private detective Lena Jones is doing a stakeout at a RV storage place, trying to catch taggers who have been vandalizing RVs in this Scottsdale AZ business. She witnesses a body dump and the woman turns out to be one of the sister wives of a polygamist compound. Shocked that there might be a compound nearby, Lena investigates. To her peril and to her sadness. The prevalance of polygamy is not civilized and is rife with wife and child abuse, welfare fraud, incest, truancy violence, and murder.

Once boy children turn 18, they are no longer able to collect welfare and the compounds cast them out to the streets of urban cities where they turn tricks, do drugs and die. Lena Jones rips the protective covers off this shadowy world and exposes an awful world.

Intertwined is her failing relationship and a surprising and wonderful reconnection with someone from her past. Lena's own shadowy past is not solved and one more clue is given.

And excellent and compelling read. The plight of polygamy women and children is told in angry and heartbreaking words.

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