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The Desert Waits [Kindle Edition]

J. Carson Black
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"As sharp and prickly as a desert cactus. Thoroughly entertaining."
---Carol Davis Luce, author of NIGHT STALKER

A woman answers a terrified cry for help...
A husband betrays his wife one last time...
The owner of an isolated hotel harbors a dangerous obsession...
A man succumbs to a fatal attraction...

They are four strangers whose lives converge on a lonely stretch of Arizona desert...four strangers brought together by the brutal murder of a beautiful woman. Each of them has a secret. And all of them have a reason to be afraid.

Now, someone else is going to die. For in the desert, under the merciless sun, there is no place to hide.

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Praise for J. Carson Black's DARK HORSE (writing as Margaret Falk)

"Should put Margaret Falk in the Winner's Circle."
---Tony Hillerman

"A terrific tale of murder and mayhem set on the quarter horse racing circuit in the American Southwest…Watch out, Dick Francis."
---J. A. Jance

Product Details

  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Breakaway Media (August 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JEDRE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this to the list of J C Black winners. . . September 3, 2011
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In THE DESERT WAITS, I love the blend of desert and Hollywood. Not the glitzy Hollywood, but the real thing on a movie set. The suspects are as diverse as beer and champagne and just as flavorful. All the characters are rich in development and fascinating studies in human nature. Throw in some exotic and skin-crawling critters and the cast is complete.

The mystery is spot on. When Alex is summoned to a remote area of the Arizona desert by her actress friend, Caroline, she knows something is terribly wrong. They haven't been in contact for many years. The day after Alex arrives, Caroline is killed on the set of her latest movie. Accident or murder? Someone had been stalking Caroline. First with love notes and then threats. Now she's dead and Alex becomes deeply involved in revealing the truth.

No one writes crisp, sharp desert atmosphere like J C Black. In this book the desert comes alive. Intriguing. Fast paced. The climax will have you fidgeting in your seat with your heart in your throat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Black December 10, 2011
By I. Reed
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I've read a few of J.C. Carson's books and found them enjoyable - not great but enjoyable. This one seemed like a sophomore writing project expanded to make some bucks. Amateurish - full of holes, absurd characters and ridiculous plot. Read J.C.B. - just not this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How Boring! January 19, 2012
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Based on some of the reviews I had high hopes that this would be a discovery of yet another new and skilled author available on Kindle books. It was not to be ! For me the one-dimensional characters, stilted dialogue and boring plot made it a read that I happily abandoned at about the 50% mark. Sorry, there are just too many books out there waiting to be read and I cannot waste the time.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO, NO, NO, NO, NO...Horrible, Annoying Book! January 5, 2012
By Bea
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I tried really hard to like this book, but it was horrible. It had the potential to be good, but it was not done well.

Characters were introduced with no apparent forethought; EXCESSIVE (truly excessive) description of the desert which did not add value to the story, the clueless heroine [Alex] who kept having "feelings and inklings" about the many shady characters but ignored her intuition......just foolish! And what's up with the white (or was it yellow) Volkswagen? Introduced but why; what reason did it serve? Alex & Nick's romp in the sack......okay, but so what? And the "ah ha" moment regarding Uncle Wiggly and Alex's repressed memory of her "almost" child abuse; for goodness sakes, ridiculous! It's as if the author had many random thoughts and put them on paper, lost track and tried to tie them together at the end. Whatever!

I finished it but I made a vow to myself that next time, despite the purchase, I will not continue reading a poorly written book. There are too many well written novels to command my reading pleasure. Sorry.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Desert Waits September 27, 2011
By NinaS
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I became a big J. Carson Black fan when I bought my Kindle. None of this author's stories disappoint me, and The Desert Waits is no exception. Kindle has allowed me to enjoy reading again. Thank you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing January 5, 2012
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I had read J. Carson Black trio of books involving detective Laura Cardinal and were very impressed by them, so I had high hopes for this book. I came away disappointed, and if this had been the first book I read by this author, it probably would have been the last.

I found the story line very disjointed, the character development poor, the romantic aspect very week, and I thought the whole concept was way too far fetched.

I see that this book got mainly good reviews, so maybe the problem is with me, but I may give J. Carson Black another go based on his Laura Cardinal series, and hope to have better luck than I had with this one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang in there..... It's worth it! November 12, 2011
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I've read three of the Laura Cardinal series, and enjoyed them all. The first few chapters of this book were somewhat confusing, and I was going to stop reading. Soon, I was engrossed.

J Carson Black again proves that she is a very talented writer.... both in creation of interesting characters, her ability to keep us guessing, and her breathtaking descriptions of the desert environment. I must admit to having lived 10 years in Tucson in an age when movies were filmed there often, Liz Taylor was in town, Kirk Douglas was at the next table at dinner, Lee Marvin was around, etc. This book captures the feel of that unique time, as well as the distinct character of the desert sky.... there is no other environment in the US which is comparable to the Sonoran desert in and around Tucson. Her descriptions are beautiful and true to the exquisite nature of the environment.

Ms. Black's characters are again interwoven in interesting ways, will keep you involved, and keep you guessing. I was sure I knew "who did it," then changed my mind midstream, and it turns out I was right in the beginning!

This is a quick, interesting read. Once you are hooked, considered yourself on the hook!

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Desert Waits March 8, 2014
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Really enjoyed the drama of this book. Trying to figure out "who done it" was as much fun as reading it. The secret lives of the characters were unexpected at times which created the exciting storyline. Always enjoy J Carson Black' s books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars J. Carson Black CAN WRITE. In another review ...
J. Carson Black CAN WRITE. In another review of her books, I said I'll read them all if I live long enough. I'm sold.
Published 1 month ago by James William Huskey
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok....but got a little busy at times.
Books base storyline was ok but the subplots got to be a little to much and a couple of them didn't contribute anything to the story. Twisting, turning road.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars almost from the very beginning you knew who the bad person was and the...
It was an entertaining book. It was so predictable, almost from the very beginning you knew who the bad person was and the girl was rather dumb. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda K. Kruse
5.0 out of 5 stars The Desert Waits by J. Carson Black//Excellent
A mystery which keeps you guessing at every turn. The detail regarding the desert, sunsets, weather and hiking are phenomenal. I am never disappointed by J. Carson Black. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Holly J Mcquerrey
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..
I agree with the other one star reviews. Lame, lame, lame. I only read it completely because I have a hangup about finishing every book I start reading.
Published 17 months ago by Kathryn Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, nice read.
I definitely recommended this book if you are looking for a suspenseful book that will keep you guessing right up until the very end.
Published on May 22, 2013 by koolaid kid
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Easy to read with a couple of twists. Good plot, with lots of information about the desert where the story is set
Published on May 3, 2013 by Naul
2.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre read
The story line is a bit tired and the writing is only fair. I didn't find anything about it that was believable. I have read other Carson Black books and they were much better.
Published on March 14, 2013 by bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunday afternoon reading
The leaps in reality leave gaps in the story that we can only wonder about. Was left wanting to know more about the transitions in thought in the plot. Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by jckf44
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Cats
Mr. Black does an excellent job with this story. It has a really great mystery and good action. This story will keep you interested to the very end.
Published on January 31, 2013 by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

Hailed by bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker as "a strong new voice in American crime fiction," J. Carson Black has written fifteen novels. Her thriller, THE SHOP, reached #1 on the Kindle Bestseller list, and her crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Although Black earned a master's degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write a horror novel after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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