The Ragged End of NowhereBook - 2009
When his brother completes his contract with the French Foreign Legion, returns to Las Vegas with an ancient--possibly stolen--relic for sale, and turns up dead in the desert, ex-CIA agent Bodo Hagen investigates.
Bodo Hagen thought his family had left Las Vegas for good. He had joined the CIA and moved to Berlin, while his younger brother had followed in their father's footsteps and joined the French Foreign Legion. For a while they were free from the criminal underworld upon which the Vegas Strip was built.
But when his Legion contract ended, Bodo's brother returned to Las Vegas. Five days later his body was found on the edge of the desert. Word is that he'd returned from Europe with a valuable—and possibly stolen—ancient relic to sell. Now Bodo must come back and track down that missing artifact—and with it, his brother's killer.
A quick-witted, fast-paced novel that shines a sharp new light on Las Vegas, The Ragged End of Nowhere was awwarded the 2008 Tony Hillerman Prize for best debuty mystery set in the American Southwest.
Former CIA agent Hagen investigates the murder of his war veteran brother in Las Vegas, a case that is complicated by allegations that the victim was in possession of a stolen ancient relic.
A Tony Hillerman Prize-winning tale follows the efforts of former CIA agent Hagen to identify his war veteran brother's killer in the Las Vegas criminal underworld, a case that is complicated by allegations that the victim was in possession of a stolen ancient relic. 15,000 first printing.