Two novella-length murder mysteries in which John D. Nesbitt takes the reader on another tour of labor camps, field work, and small-town desperation.
Dead for the Last Time
In “Dead for the Last Time,” Larry Sterne is a free-spirited young fellow who comes back to his home town after his first year of college. He learns that an old pedophile has been found dead in an abandoned milk factory and some of his friends are suspected. Before long, one of the friends turns up dead as well. Set in the summer of 1967, this is a nice period piece as well as a genial murder mystery with a serious undertone.
Trouble in the Labor Camp
In “Trouble in the Labor Camp,” Morgan Cross is a field worker who follows the crops. He wants to move up in the world, and he knows that he has to stay out of trouble in order to do it. He meets Rosa Maria, a pretty girl whose family is staying in the same labor camp, but things get complicated by murder and tawdry sex.
These two novellas continue the retro/noir style in which John D. Nesbitt has earned distinction. His depiction of farm work, migrant housing, and small-town life in California in the 1960's is superb.
“Both [stories] do an outstanding job of capturing the voices, thoughts, and struggles of the main characters and supporting casts. Each tale includes a mysterious murder. Nesbitt’s no stranger to spinning a good story. And while different in tone and content than his traditional Westerns, these novellas demonstrate the author’s ability to create engaging characters in intriguing situations. . . . The readers of this book will be well rewarded.” —Roundup Magazine