The Bitter Past: A Mystery

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Minotaur Books
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6.2 X 9.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
BRUCE BORGOS lives and writes from the Nevada desert where he works hard every day to prove his high school guidance counselor had good instincts when he said "You'll never be an astronaut." He has a degree in political science which mostly served to dissuade him from a career in law while at the same time tormenting his wife with endless questions about how telephones work. When not writing, you can usually find him at the local wine store. He is the author of The Bitter Past.

"Impressive." --The New York Times

"Borgos' debut may be called The Bitter Past, but with strong plotting, explorations of little-known history and a complicated protagonist, this series' future seems especially sweet." --LA Times

"Compelling...This riveting debut has traces of Craig Johnson's novels with the personal nuclear fallout in Betty Webb's Desert Wind." --Library Journal (starred)

"A clever, spy-flavored mystery...intelligent storytelling and well-drawn characters." --Publisher's Weekly

"A thrilling and assured debut, Bruce Borgos' The Bitter Past is at once a high stakes tale of high treason in the high desert and an unflinching examination of the lasting scars that even the coldest of wars can leave behind."--Chris Holm, Anthony Award winning author of The Killing Kind and Child Zero

"A crisp jolt of cask-strength, 100-proof writing." --Craig Johnson

"Vividly set in Nevada's high desert, The Bitter Past is an emotional story about the steep cost of doing the right thing. Bruce Borgos tells a gripping tale with vivid characters at a breakneck pace - I can't wait to see what Porter Beck does next!" --Nick Petrie, author of The Runaway

"Bruce Borgos' new mystery checks all the boxes: A stunning opening chapter, fascinating characters, plenty of action, intriguing story lines, wonderful humor to offset the tension, and even a hint of romance. I was sorry to see it end." --Anne Hillerman, author of the Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito mysteries

"Enthralling." --The Buzz Magazines

"The Bitter Past is a propulsive thriller set in the barren, haunted Nevada desert, anchored by damaged characters desperate to protect the people they love from violence they thought they'd outrun. Throw in the poisonous shadow cast by America's 1950s nuclear testing program, Cold War grudges simmering for half a century, and the nail-biting tension of a race against time, and you've got rural noir at its best." --Heather Young, author of The Distant Dead

"Fans of action thrillers will love this one." --Red Carpet Crash

"Rattle[s] the nerves and shock[s] the brain." --The Free Lance-Star