A Murder Mystery
By Kent F. Jacobs
“Kent Jacobs delivers a story with a rapid-fire pace that mixes murder, mystery, and interesting tidbits of New Mexico history that is sure to entertain.” —Michael McGarrity
“Jacobs is first-rate, delivering the reader effortlessly to war-era Fort Stanton and Lincoln, conceiving the perfect setting for suspense, betrayal and murder.” —Andrew J. Wulf, PhD, Executive Director, New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors
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A mysterious murder faces border patrol agent Tracker Dodds as he assumes control of the first Prisoner of War camp in the United States under a mandate from the Department of Justice. It’s a hot summer day in 1942 when he enters Fort Stanton and he is shocked to discover a brutally scalped German inmate floating in its Olympic-sized swimming pool.
A river separates the camp from a state-of-the-art tuberculosis hospital in this alpine back country of southern New Mexico which adjoins the massive Mescalero Apache reservation. Could the scalping have been done by someone from the reservation? Or was the murderer another distressed German seaman? The camp is packed with German sailors. Did a bystander see the chance to silence his blackmailer?
Though the camp is remote and cut off from civilization, every soul involved feels the crushing destruction of a world at war. And the mysterious murder facing Tracker Dodds is just an example.
Includes Readers Guide.
Kent Jacobs is a graduate of Northwestern University College of Medicine with a specialty post-graduate diploma from the University of Colorado College of Medicine. His interest in writing began during his early years as a full-time academician. He is also the author of The Turned Field and Zuni Stew, both from Sunstone Press and he lives with his wife, professional painter Sallie Ritter in southern New Mexico. They received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, the state’s highest award in the arts.
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