Roscoe Brinker
Created by James Mitchell

Tucson-based gumshoe and former INS agent ROSCOE BRINKER is a star in the making, an appealling detective who shows surprising depths at times, even as he resolves his cases along the Mexico/Arizona border in typical true tough-guy fashion.

That emotional and psychological complexity, plus a nice sense of paranoia (Roscoe was shot while working as a border guard, possibly due to "friendly fire"), some strong secondary characters and the finely rendered settings go a long way to making what should come off as pretty standard private eye routine surprisingly fresh and original.

The author, a former attorney, journalism professor and former news anchor, seems to have come up with a winner here. In fact, each of the first two novels nabbed Shamus nominations for their author.

Not too shabby. not too shabby at all...


  • ""Brinker is the real deal, folks, and he'll be around a long, long time.
    -- Wes Lukowsky in


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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