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Thomas Zigal
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April 2008 Kurt Muller Mysteries
On the eve of his recall vote, Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller is summoned to the home of an old acquaintance, the beautiful, reclusive heiress Nicole Bauer. Someone, she says, is sending her hate mail and threatening to kill her. She's convinced it's her old lover, the 60s blues idol Rocky Rhodes, but Kurt is wary, for good reason: Twenty years earlier, Rocky's body was found on the grounds of Nicole's mansion, and Nicole herself was charged with his murder.

But Kurt's doubts are shaken when Nicole is found dead the next morning, only hours after he left her. Against his deputy's advice, he pursues his own investigation, which leads him back to the decadent counterculture of the 70s, and reveals the shaded pasts of his contemporaries--the doctors, lawyers, land barons, and aspiring politicians of Aspen's social elite. Kurt soon uncovers a host of high-placed suspects, each with deeply buried secrets that Nicole alone had the power to expose. Frustrated at every turn, he realizes that the truth may lie with an elusive former groupie nicknamed Pariah, a witness to Rocky's death, and Kurt's last hope in solving the mystery of Nicole's final hours.

Dark, evocative, and suspenseful, Pariah puts Zigal's rich cast of ex-hippies, Aspen jet-setters, and militant activists face-to-face with the broken ideals of the past, in a tightly woven, electric thriller set against the sweeping background of the Rocky Mountains.
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Aspen, Colo., sheriff Kurt Muller (Hardrock Stiff) becomes personally involved in a murder case in this crisply methodical outing. While attending a charity auction in order to polish his reputation in the face of a recall vote that could yank him from office, the impulsive Kurt is lured away to spend a sensual night with his former lover, reclusive heiress Nicole Bauer. Beautiful and lonely, Nicole is notorious for beating a homicide rap more than 20 years earlier, after legendary rock star Rocky Rhodes plunged to his death from her balcony. But now Nicole tells Kurt that she has been receiving threatening letters from someone she believes to be Rocky. Kurt leaves Nicole's house in the middle of the night; the next morning, she is found dead below her houseAjust like Rocky was. Kurt, suspecting murder, launches an intense investigation reaching back to the 1970s, when he, like Rocky's gang, eagerly partook of sex, drugs and rock and roll. As more members of the singer's former entourage are murdered, the sheriff probes deeper into their history and discovers surprising connections between them and Aspen's moneyed upper class. Such information is dangerous, and Kurt's reckless, confrontational personality soon imperils his lifeAand that all-important election. Zigal's twisting plot loops around a cadre of intriguing villains. Against the background of Aspen's natural beauty, he creates a chilling tale, though one leavened with wry humor. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When an old flame approaches Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller about some threatening letters, he senses her fearful insecurityAnot to mention her proximity to a potentially lethal combination of drugs, alcohol, and an overhanging balcony. Acquitted of killing her abusive blues-star husband years earlier, Nicole Bauer now believes that the "dead" husband has returned for revenge. Sure enough, Nicole dies soon after "talking" with Kurt, who immediately becomes the center of conjectureAand the object of a murderer's interest. This third Kurt Muller mystery is a riveting story of passion, horror, and misguided allegiance.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great addition to A new series Sept. 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Politically ambitious Ben Smerlas heats up his campaign to remove Kurt Muller from being Aspen's sheriff because he knows that this is a perfect stepping stone to a House seat. A desperate Kurt Muller agrees to do almost anything to abort the politically motivated voter recall. Knowing how close the vote is and encouraged by his attorney, Kurt attends a charity benefit in which society's ladies are bidding on a date with him. Wealthy recluse Nicole Bauer bids ten thousand dollars to gain the evening with Kurt.

Nicole informs Kurt that she is the recipient of death threats that she insists comes from former rock star Rocky Rhodes, who died two decades ago. Nicole was the prime suspect in Rocky's death, but she beat the rap. The next day, Nicole is lying dead at the bottom of the nearby cliff eerily as Rocky did twenty years ago.. In spite of the negative publicity associated with Nicole, Kurt begins to investigate her death. He soon finds a link between Rocky,s band and many of the elite of Aspen. However, his new-found knowledge places more than a job in jeopardy as an unknown assailant wants to add the sheriff to the death list.

PARIAH is a very entertaining police procedural that will leave readers feeling a Rocky Mountain high. The story line intermingles Kurt,s personal problems with a well-designed investigation that requires the sheriff to work it. A sprinkling of jocularity makes the characters seem more human even as it eases the growing tension. The myriad of suspects all contains viable motives and means as the plot twists and turns with every new discovery. With novels like this one, Thomas Zigel will gain many zealous fans.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gret read in a dynamite mystery series Sept. 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Politically ambitious Ben Smerlas heats up his campaign to remove Kurt Muller from being Aspen's sheriff because he knows that this is a perfect stepping stone to a House seat. A desperate Kurt Muller agrees to do almost anything to abort the politically motivated voter recall. Knowing how close the vote is and encouraged by his attorney, Kurt attends a charity benefit in which society's ladies are bidding on a date with him. Wealthy recluse Nicole Bauer bids ten thousand dollars to gain the evening with Kurt.

Nicole informs Kurt that she is the recipient of death threats that she insists comes from former rock star Rocky Rhodes, who died two decades ago. Nicole was the prime suspect in Rocky's death, but she beat the rap. The next day, Nicole is lying dead at the bottom of the nearby cliff eerily as Rocky did twenty years ago.. In spite of the negative publicity associated with Nicole, Kurt begins to investigate her death. He soon finds a link between Rocky,s band and many of the elite of Aspen. However, his new-found knowledge places more than a job in jeopardy as an unknown assailant wants to add the sheriff to the death list.

PARIAH is a very entertaining police procedural that will leave readers feeling a Rocky Mountain high. The story line intermingles Kurt,s personal problems with a well-designed investigation that requires the sheriff to work it. A sprinkling of jocularity makes the characters seem more human even as it eases the growing tension. The myriad of suspects all contains viable motives and means as the plot twists and turns with every new discovery. With novels like this one, Thomas Zigel will gain many zealous fans.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner from start to finish! Jan. 31 2001
By B. Coe
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tom Zigal has written real joy ride of a mystery novel with Pariah (the third installment in the Kurt Muller series). He has crafted a tightly woven story that includes aging hippies, rock groupies turned yuppies, greedy developers, burned-out rock n' rollers, conniving politicians, ghosts of rock stars past, New Age Buddhists and Aspen social climbers in a plot that has more twists than the mountain roads that he describes. Zigal has a real feel for Aspen and the surrounding country. This book is a lot of fun to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner from start to finish! Jan. 31 2001
By B. Coe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tom Zigal has written real joy ride of a mystery novel with Pariah (the third installment in the Kurt Muller series). He has crafted a tightly woven story that includes aging hippies, rock groupies turned yuppies, greedy developers, burned-out rock n' rollers, conniving politicians, ghosts of rock stars past, New Age Buddhists and Aspen social climbers in a plot that has more twists than the mountain roads that he describes. Zigal has a real feel for Aspen and the surrounding country. This book is a lot of fun to read
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read... Sept. 5 2002
By Mackie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thomas Zigal's books evoke the wild beauty of the Colorado Rockies while gently mocking the glitz and artifice of Aspen's weathy elite. His characters are well-rounded, the plots are articulate and interesting, and his writing is lively and articulate (high praise from a voracious reader who bemoans the grammar faux pas of so many of today's popular writers).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gret read in a dynamite mystery series Sept. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Politically ambitious Ben Smerlas heats up his campaign to remove Kurt Muller from being Aspen's sheriff because he knows that this is a perfect stepping stone to a House seat. A desperate Kurt Muller agrees to do almost anything to abort the politically motivated voter recall. Knowing how close the vote is and encouraged by his attorney, Kurt attends a charity benefit in which society's ladies are bidding on a date with him. Wealthy recluse Nicole Bauer bids ten thousand dollars to gain the evening with Kurt.

Nicole informs Kurt that she is the recipient of death threats that she insists comes from former rock star Rocky Rhodes, who died two decades ago. Nicole was the prime suspect in Rocky's death, but she beat the rap. The next day, Nicole is lying dead at the bottom of the nearby cliff eerily as Rocky did twenty years ago.. In spite of the negative publicity associated with Nicole, Kurt begins to investigate her death. He soon finds a link between Rocky,s band and many of the elite of Aspen. However, his new-found knowledge places more than a job in jeopardy as an unknown assailant wants to add the sheriff to the death list.

PARIAH is a very entertaining police procedural that will leave readers feeling a Rocky Mountain high. The story line intermingles Kurt,s personal problems with a well-designed investigation that requires the sheriff to work it. A sprinkling of jocularity makes the characters seem more human even as it eases the growing tension. The myriad of suspects all contains viable motives and means as the plot twists and turns with every new discovery. With novels like this one, Thomas Zigel will gain many zealous fans.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable Aug. 2 2013
By M. Massenzio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a very memorable read and, ultimately, too predictable to really be granted anything above mediocrity.

However, I will freely admit, this was the third in a series of Kurt Muller books I read - so maybe it was just a matter of the novelty wearing away and my getting a bit too tired of the author's tirades against Big Corp and how they are destroying the environment, or at least Aspen and surroundings.

I don't know, maybe I was just disappointed that, given all the potential the settings and the premise had, the development was rather, well, mediocre.
4.0 out of 5 stars really nice find June 15 2014
By Curtis Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this guy ... well lets guess he read all of C.J.Box's books

I like these tho, the sheriff up in the mountains

its a nice change
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