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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Peer Publishing (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989200906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989200905
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a page turner!
Sage Bergstrom
This book is an awesome read for the summer, a real page turner and well written.
Donald Goldmacher
I appreciated the realistic courtroom scenes and the flow of the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Goldmacher on June 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is an awesome read for the summer, a real page turner and well written. It is a historical mystery revolving around a local murder, set in Tucson at the turn of the 20th century. As one of the millions of Easterners who made their way west to live, what I love about this novel is that it gave me so much historical insight into the American Southwest and particularly Tucson which has such a wild history!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JLCP on June 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Stephen Downing is Dead is an excellently written murder mystery! I couldn't put it down and read right through, skipping all the obligations that I had that day.

I really enjoyed "seeing" historic Tucson as Anderson brought it to life. Also, it was neat reading how the judge and the defense lawyer taught the main character, a rookie lawyer, on-the-spot about trial proceedings. Poor guy didn't get to watch courtroom drama on TV as he was growing up, since the murder and trial took place in 1905. I was surprised by how casual the courtroom could be in the old west, and I liked the way the seasoned judge conducted his trial---unconventional but fair.

One thing that impressed me about this book was that no matter when or where there was a scene change, I always knew where I was---time and place---immediately. Another thing: the novel was very well put together, meaning the author told it very well and revealed things at just the right time. This proved important, due to the secrets some people were hiding. The characters were well drawn, even the minor ones, and the sex scenes done tastefully. There was an interesting side theme reflecting on how Catholicism can impact a person's life. And if you know Boston, you'll enjoy the young protagonist's adventures there, too.

I recommend this book to fans of the Old West, lovers of mysteries, dwellers in Tucson, and to those interested in Mexican-Anglo relations in the southwest. The author puts you right there in 1905, with those strange new rectangular telephones on the wall and the occasional automobile machine on the street.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sage Bergstrom on June 8, 2013
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As well as being a murder mystery and a history of old Tucson (including relations between Mexicans and Anglos), this novel has an underlying sense of humor that perfectly offsets the seriousness of the story. It is a page turner! I recommend it to anyone who wants a sense of what Tucson was like at the beginning of the 20th century as well as to mystery aficionados.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RebeccaSG on July 14, 2013
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I read this novel last weekend and I absolutely couldn't put it down...what an amazing, compelling story and so beautifully written! I was very moved, and became surprisingly attached to the characters. I missed Owen when I wasn't reading, and was really sad when the book ended. It has been my experience that most books are either page turners and not very well written; or they are amazingly well written but so dense it's hard to read more than a few pages at a time. Stephen Downing Is Dead found the sweet spot between gorgeously written with incredible detail and descriptions while also being a page turner - I was dying to find out what happened.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Hart on July 18, 2013
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I love a good mystery. I love a good Western. I especially love a tale well told with characters I come to care about. This book does it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggielovesagoodread. on July 24, 2013
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Cleverly written, this mystery grips the reader with a perfect blend of predictability and the element of surprise. Anderson crafted an interesting plot that is well paced and intimately reveals the inner struggles of characters affected by the murder. As a result, the reader develops an understanding of human behavior and a tolerance for the intolerable.
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A special thank you to NetGalley and Peer Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

With a title like Stephen Downing is Dead, expectations are automatically set high for Dan Goss Anderson's new novel. Based in Tuscon at the turn of the 20th century, Owen Bartlett is an inexperienced defense attorney who has taken on a case that is too big for him to chew. To make matters worse, the prosecutor has some time under his belt. It is possible they have the wrong man. Tie a three-strand cord of lives together, and you've got Stephen Downing is Dead.

If his readers weren't already hooked by the mysterious title, Anderson grabs a second hold of their attention with the opening line, "Life changes in a moment."He then proceeds to leave the reader in the dark while describing a situation that we definitely would like some answers to! This is a historical mystery novel that will keep you turning pages and asking questions until the very end. Anderson has a sophisticated way of writing that is enjoyable and intriguing. This is one of those books that could easily be made into a movie. That's what it felt like reading it, like watching the story unfold on a filmstrip in front of me.

The characters are interesting enough to where even the minor characters seem to play a major role, and the author is very detailed. Not in an overly-fluffed, overcompensating kind of way, but tastefully and effectively. May it be noted that the author communicates to the reader that he had every intention of being as historically accurate as possible, but also intended to provide the reader with maximum comprehension. This is something I can definitely appreciate from the author.
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