When the Devil Doesn't Show (Hardcover)

By Christine Barber

Minotaur Books, 9781250004727, 273pp.

Publication Date: April 16, 2013





An intriguing contemporary mystery that exposes the dark side of life in historic Santa Fe by Hillerman Prize-winner Christine Barber

Christine Barber's acclaimed mysteries explore not just the folklore, Indian heritage, and colonial history that draws people to Santa Fe each year, but also the lives of locals, from the rich retirees to the families that have lived there for generations. These mysteries take place in a modern city that still has strong, unforgettable connections to its history.

In her new novel, "When the Devil Doesn't Show," a housefire leads to the discovery of not just the bodies of the homeowners, but also a third, unidentified corpse. The search for the man's identity will lead Detective Gil Montoya not too far from Santa Fe to one of its notorious but rarely discussed neighbors, the Los Alamos National Laboratory. A DNA test reveals that the unknown victim is a native of Northern New Mexico, but Montoya has reason to believe that his ties to the infamous nuclear testing facility hold the solution. And when a second housefire is found to contain more bodies, he's determined to find out the answer no matter the cost.

"The insights that Barber, an Albuquerque resident, offers heighten the pleasure of reading her mysteries and give a fresh take on why Santa Fe is called the City Different." "The Albuquerque Journal

About the Author

CHRISTINE BARBER is an award-winning journalist as well as a certified emergency medical technician and firefighter. She has worked as an editor at the "Santa Fe New Mexican" and a writer for the "Albuquerque Journal "and "Gallup Independent. "She is the author of "The Replacement Child," which won the Tony Hillerman Prize and was named a "New York Times "Notable Crime Novel, and "The Bone Fire, "which won a New Mexico Book Award. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Praise For When the Devil Doesn't Show

Praise for When the Devil Doesn't Show

“Barber weaves numerous plot elements and multicultural strands of Santa Fe society into an intriguingly complex tapestry.” —Publishers Weekly

“Barber takes full advantage of the natural beauty of New Mexico and the multiethnic character of Santa Fe, integrating both beautifully into her story.” —Booklist

“Barber hits a confident, fast-paced stride with her third series entry. A past winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, she is especially good at incorporating the human side into the police procedural. Pair this title with Craig Johnson and Steven Havill for its ensemble cast and style.” —Library Journal

“Successful mysteries combine heroes and villains, of course, but special ones add a rich sense of place. That's what Christine Barber masters in When the Devil Doesn't Show …. Barber, as always, combines a killer plot with endearing characters. And she adds informative lore about Santa Fe's people, their customs and their connections to the conquistadors who settled the area centuries ago. If you like homicide combined with heritage and history, you'll enjoy Barber's latest installment.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

"An intriguing puzzle which ties past to the present and involves the affairs related to an infamous nuclear testing facility in New Mexico. … Readers will enjoy the interesting back stories and the rich Santa Fe atmosphere.” —Mystery Tribune