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The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - Mur­der in the Mile High City.

hole in a closet ceil­ing. The man had lived in a cof­fin-size at­tic for nine months, and had mur­dered the home­owner, who had caught him steal­ing food. Af­ter view­ing the killer’s hid­ing place, a news­pa­per pho­tog­ra­pher dubbed him the Spi­derman. means delv­ing into rail­road camps and hobo jun­gles as well as well as the world of Neo-Nazis.

“Blood on the Tracks” is a raw story of love and hate and be­trayal, of bru­tal­ity and lost souls. It is a first-class read. isn’t any too safe, ei­ther. Gemma Mon­roe is a de­tec­tive in the fic­tional moun­tain town of Cedar Val­ley, Colo., who is six months’ preg­nant. She’s been as­signed to find the killer of a cir­cus clown.

Turns out the dead man is the son of Cedar Val­ley’s mayor, a boy whose dis­ap­pear­ance sev­eral years be­fore was de­clared a deadly ac­ci­dent. Now the fam­ily must grieve all over again, while Gemma and her part­ners solve the mur­der.

Too many things about the death don’t seem right. Gemma can’t help think­ing the killing might be con­nected with the dis­ap­pear­ance of two boys 30 years be­fore. Only four years ear­lier, Gemma her­self dis­cov­ered their bod­ies buried in a for­est. And then there’s the un­solved case of the body of a young woman killed about the time the boys dis­ap­peared.

Gemma has her own prob­lems, in­clud­ing an in­com­pe­tent part­ner and a un­faith­ful boyfriend, the fa­ther of her baby.

“In­herit the Bones” is another de­but novel, and it’s likely Gemma, baby in tow, will re­turn to solve more mys­ter­ies.

Joseph Cor­bett, shown here in his book­ing photo from 1960, is in­cluded in “Mur­der in the Mile High City.” Pro­vided by Dou­glas County Library

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