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Artifacts of Death

(The first book in the Manny Rivera Mystery series)
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Strange events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day cold-blooded killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah. The only clue besides a 9-mm bullet in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest.

Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges it's related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts.

Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity. After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there?

In the end, Rivera faces an ethical dilemma: Should he enforce the letter of the law or serve the cause of justice? And a woman learns the answer to a question that's been haunting her for seventy years.

Genre: Mystery

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"I love this series." - Anne Hillerman

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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : Paperback

Title: [Artifacts of Death: A Murder Mystery in Utah's Canyon Country] [Author: Curtin, Rich] [February, 2011]
Author(s): Rich Curtin
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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February 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Artifacts of Death: A Murder Mystery in Utah's Canyon Country
Author(s): Rich Curtin
ISBN: 1-4538-9085-8 / 978-1-4538-9085-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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February 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Artifacts of Death (Manny Rivera Mystery Series Book 1)
Author(s): Rich Curtin
Publisher: Monticello Press
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