I'm a bit prejudiced since I live in Tucson and reading a book where every image is something you recognize is fun in itself. But I wouldn't leave a good review if I honestly didn't think this was worth other mystery fans' reading time. While former Border Patrol agent Brinker isn't a hard-boiled tec in the time-warn fashion, he's not a cut-out either and the plot hardly romances life on the border. The characters in this realistic novel are well-drawn, with human flaws and weaknesses that once in awhile spring from kindness. If you enjoy Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre books or the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, by all means give James C. Mitchell's works a try.