In Desert Noir, the first Lena Jones mystery, the P.I. investigates the murder of her best friend, a Scottsdale, Arizona, gallery owner, only to discover that the woman wasn't really her friend after all. Sub-themes in this book include the not-so-refined art world, the abuse of eminent domain by replacing low-income homes with high rises, and the ongoing destruction of the beautiful Southwestern desert. "An elegy for the lost West.. strong on atmosphere and insight." Booklist. Desert Noir is also available in paperback.