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Don Yarber's "Corpses and Canyons". A book review.

Stealing Native American artifacts is not only illegal, it can get you killed.
The same goes for snooping around their sacred burial grounds.
This is the theme of “Corpses and Canyons”, the second Kip Yardley PI mystery, written by Don Yarber.
Don has an easy style that brings the reader into the story from the first page. Kip Yardley is an underemployed private investigator in the classic noir tradition, often low on cash and close to maxing out his credit cards. This does not stop him from putting all he is worth into his work.
In “Corpses and Canyons”, Kip unravels the mysterious death of a highway worker. His body was found at the job site early one morning by a co-worker, an old friend of Kip. It was an execution style slaying. Kip learns that the victim, Joe Parrott, a former Marine who had served in the Viet Nam war, acquired a sizable sum of money recently. Kip flies from southern California to Arizona at the request of his friend Jeremy, to find out why Joe was murdered. From the beginning, it is a rather terrifying experience, though perhaps all in a day’s work in the life of a private eye. Kip’s friend, Jeremy, seems to be also on the hit list, but in a case of mistaken identity, Kip nearly loses his life as he borrows Jeremy’s car and is viciously run off the road. The resulting broken arm and concussion does not deter him from continuing the investigation. The motive seems to be the theft of Indian artifacts and the attempt to stop a highway project from cutting through a sacred burial ground.
Kip is an easy going guy who makes most of his living from low paying divorce investigations and finding runaway teens. But he is very good at looking behind mirrors to find answers to the mystery at hand. A mirror is supposed to reflect, but Kip knows they can also hide. As he travels the maze of corruption and greed to the surprising conclusion, Kip’s life is constantly in danger. Only quick thinking, good timing and luck save him in the end.
If you enjoy the PI genre, support Don and buy his books; they are good, clean, enjoyable, and action packed. He has a personal archive of life experiences to draw from. If you look at Don’s profile page you can see where and how to order a book.
An aside, Don also has written some wonderful songs that he very kindly shared with me. His singing style reminds me of cowboy songs, one can almost hear the cattle, smell the aroma wafting from the chuck wagon while the cowboy strums his guitar around the campfire and sings of lost love.


Warren Gates

7th January 2013


This is a great in depth book review Warren. You did a good job and have made that book sound really interesting.


Davide Castel

10th January 2013


Great book review. Don is this book on kindle?


Deborah Boydston

9th January 2013


Thank you Lucy and Deborah for responding to this. Writing a "review" is new to me. It is a good story, as was the first book, "Bodies and Beaches" and Don does this genre justice.


Warren Gates

10th January 2013


Thank you Warren for posting such a good review of the book. You did a nice job.


Deborah Boydston

11th January 2013


Deborah, thank you for reading this review. I found this to be an interesting writing exercise, with much proofreading and revisions!


Warren Gates

14th January 2013


Thank you,Warren Gates, for your kind review. Also, thanks for the bit on my songs. They aren't nearly as good as yours.

Mystery writing has always been one of my dreams and I'm glad to have accomplished that. It just proves an old adage: "You're never to old to dream". I sometimes wonder just how many people have an excellent idea for a book but never write it.


Don Yarber

23rd July 2014


Great review for an exciting sounding book, Warren, definitely one that I would have to consider purchasing at sometime. Have really been enjoying reading his "Train to the sun" and know because of his style of writing that he is quite an accomplished author.


Leslie Blackwell

9th August 2014


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