Introducing the High Desert Mystery Series, Featuring Emerson Thayer


Mean Desert

Back in the field after killing a boy, Detective Emerson Thayer is desperate to save her job, atone for the child's death and regain the confidence of her community. She's been cleared of wrongdoing by her law enforcement peers, but the court of public opinion—and her own conscience—are not so forgiving.


Two days in, Em discovers the bodies of an unidentified Hispanic couple, shot in the head and hidden beneath the rotting remains of a coyote killing contest. Then she finds a young girl—their daughter?—left for dead in the desert. Racing over the sand with the girl in her arms, Em promises the child she'll be safe. Two days later, Janie Doe is kidnapped from the hospital.

Early signs indicate local Border Patrol agents may be involved—including Rick Melendres, Em’s sometimes lover. The case takes an even more personal turn when an IED—hidden in a dead coyote—explodes outside her home. With the violence escalating and her life on the line, Em races to find a missing girl, a ruthless killer and the truth of the Borderland murders.

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