Desert Remains (Paperback)

A Gus Parker and Alex Mills Novel

By Steven Cooper

Seventh Street Books, 9781633883536, 400pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

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Detective Alex Mills turns to psychic Gus Parker to help him solve a series of baffling murders perpetrated by a deranged killer who leaves his victims' bodies and taunting clues in the desert surrounding Phoenix, AZ. Someone is filling the desert caves around Phoenix with bodies--a madman who, in a taunting ritual, is leaving behind a record of his crimes etched into the stone. With no leads and no suspects, Detective Alex Mills sees a case spinning out of control. City leaders want the case solved yesterday, and another detective wants to elbow Mills out of the way. As the body count rises, Mills turns to Gus Parker, an "intuitive medium" whose murky visions sometimes point to real clues. It's an unorthodox approach, but Mills is desperate. When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead and that in this vast desert, the next murder could happen anywhere. Nor does it help that he's always been unlucky in love and now finds himself the prey of a lovelorn stalker. She is throwing him off his game. Someone will win this contest, and both Parker and Mills fear it will be the cunning, ruthless killer, who is able to use the trackless landscape as a cover for his brutal crimes.

About the Author

Steven Cooper is a freelance writer, video producer, and the author of three previous novels. A former television reporter, he has received multiple Emmy awards and nominations, a National Edward R. Murrow Award, and Associated Press awards. He taught writing at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) from 2007 to 2012.

Praise For Desert Remains: A Gus Parker and Alex Mills Novel

“A literature-loving homicide detective and a reluctant psychic stalk a psychopath who signs his gruesome crime tableaux with petroglyphs in Desert Remains, an ingenious and promising series debut.” 
—Hallie Ephron, New York Times–bestselling author of You’ll Never Know, Dear
“Terrific. The talented Steven Cooper somehow manages to craft a riveting procedural that’s deeply chilling one moment and laugh-out-loud funny the next. Smart, sophisticated, and unique, Desert Remains is not to be missed.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author of Say No More

“Cooper turns the clairvoyant murder-consultant stereotype on its head in this delightful psychic procedural. Gripping, funny, original, and surprisingly plausible, Desert Remains breaks all the rules in the right places. Truly a crime novel to lift the spirits.”
—Craig Faustus Buck, award-winning author of Go Down Hard

Desert Remains delivers a scorching tale of paternal estrangement and betrayal. Cooper kicks the serial killer mystery up a notch. He crafts striking characters who battle intimate and shadowy monsters in a vividly drawn Phoenix desert.”
—Ray Daniel, award-winning author of Hacked: A Tucker Mystery