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Heading west for the serene deserts of New Mexico with his three-legged dog, Patch, Abe Freeman hopes to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s lost battle with cancer. He expects his cross-country journey to be healing, not life-threatening. And he definitely doesn’t plan to wind up as the main suspect when a drifter he meets along the way, Easy Jackson, gets murdered.WhHeading west for the serene deserts of New Mexico with his three-legged dog, Patch, Abe Freeman hopes to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s lost battle with cancer. He expects his cross-country journey to be healing, not life-threatening. And he definitely doesn’t plan to wind up as the main suspect when a drifter he meets along the way, Easy Jackson, gets murdered.When Abe’s lost knife turns up at the crime scene and Easy’s key appears in Abe’s backpack, Abe finds himself hunted by the police, biker gangs, and drug dealers, all of whom are determined to get their hands on that key. Caught up in the violence, Abe becomes desperate to prove his innocence. With help from Navajo police officer Emily Etcitty, he just might survive…and his heart just might find another reason to keep on beating....

Title : Key Witness
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ISBN : 9780615924007
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Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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Key Witness Reviews

  • Gopal
    2019-06-02 16:35

    Courtesy of NetGalley, publishers Amazon Publishing, Thomas & Mercer and author Sandra Bolton. Many thanks for making the advance copy of this book available to me at my request in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.Key Witness is a murder mystery investigation involving multiple stakeholders, the Italian Mafia, the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang and a few others thrown in to make it a complete pot pouri.As a murder mystery cum chase I would rate it just about 3. But what pushes the rating up 1 more star is the background scenes. The book is mainly based in the Navajo Nation. The author does an incredible job of describing and bringing the haunting landscape to life.You experience the land through the eyes of the newbie in this case the protagonist Abe Freeman, who has embarked on a road trip to find himself after losing his girlfriend to cancer. He gets mixed up in a murder of a fellow drifter he chances across overnight and subsequently becomes a Key Witness in the whodunit.Brought in by the female protagonist of the story Emily Etcity, he has to stay in the state so that he can give witness when required. Emily is a Navajo and she takes him on board to keep him out of the way. The Native American landscape is drawn in haunting beauty and through the various characters living on the land, you can feel the pride, the sense of attachment and the love that they have for the land. The connect and respect that the tribe people and their ways of life give a very profound and powerful message of communing with Nature in a world shadowed by consumerism.IMO that lifted the quality of the book from Like to Love.The ending leaves a unconcluded story of Abe Freeman, the murder mystery is solved, but Abe Freeman is still on the road to self discovery and he needs to find himself first and then deal with the relationship that he has with Emily and her family. The book deserves a sequel. We deserve to see the story of Abe Freeman played out to the end.

  • Glenna
    2019-06-12 19:51

    A Jewish musician from New York, a female cop with the Navajo Tribal Police, her unemployed, alcoholic, gay brother; a three-legged dog named Patch, and a "skinny, gray haired" nurse named Sally who boasts she can "shoot the short hairs off a pig's balls blindfolded." These are the main characters of Sandra Bolton's latest mystery, "Key Witness: A Southwest Mystery," who inadvertently become entangled with the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican Mafia. Not since Tony Hillerman have we seen a writer portray so well the stark beauty of the Southwest and the solitary lives of the Navajo, all woven onto a background of suspense and violence. I loved these characters and hope to see them again!

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-27 12:31

    Goodthe story line was well written.the lives of many different law enforcement were involved and the mof and gangs were so at war.

  • Ren nerdychampagne
    2019-05-22 18:29

    Hold on, I'm *eating*.EDIT: I have no idea why I didn't come back to write my review.I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review4.5/5This is the kind of book I would definitely shelf as AdventureI love the characters - especially the diversity. Abe was slightly stupid at some points but likeable. The plot was great and it went in a steady pace. It was the kind of plot that was not predictable but not unexpected either. It travels the line in between.The romance was cute but the way it took turns and twists were a bit saddening. Aside from the characters, I love the setting too. Most of the time, I don't care much about the setting but Bolton has that kind of writing that pays attention to details which is captivating. Overall, Key Witness is a bundle of adventure, thrill, diversity, and a little dash of romance. It went on a good pace and had great writing.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-28 15:25

    Fantastical storyline; a fun readI thoroughly enjoyed this jaunt through the Southwest with Jewish pianist Abe Freeman and his three legged dog, Patch. Abe is running from dark memories in his past in New Jersey, driving west, doing odd jobs. He stops at a campsite in New Mexico and ends up sharing a joint with a drifter - who ends up dead. And evidence points to Abe being the killer.Thus starts a convoluted story that has Abe meeting a Navajo Nation policewoman, members of the Aryan brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and more.I enjoyed author Bolton's style of writing and especially enjoyed the descriptive passages about the Southwest. The background on the Navaho - the Dinétah - was enlightening too.Some of the story seemed "out there" but then this is fiction and I just enjoyed the characters, the settings, and the fantastical storyline.I hope there will be a sequel one of these days so I can catch up on Abe and Patch.Earlier reviews mentioned some editing problems. The book has been revised recently and I didn't notice any typos or editing issues.NOTE: I received a copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Malinda
    2019-06-07 13:54

    I am not big on mystery novels at all, however, Bolton caught my attention with Key Witness. Once I started reading it the more enthralled I became. This was an interesting book, and although it was hard to see a realness at times, I couldn't put it down. The character development is amazing! Skillful and engaging. Sandra paints a fantabulous picture with her words that you can almost touch. The landscape, people, etc. All executed to near perfection.The story seemed to be well thought out and was well written. I like how she brought in some of the Navajo culture and Southwestern flavor which added to the intrigue of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure,love and intrigue. I'm looking forward to reading more from Bolton.

  • Janice
    2019-05-31 17:38

    3.5 stars, rounded up. Overall, a good story, set in New Mexico, mostly in the 4 corners area, but also some in the southwest portion of the state, in the Gila area.

  • Kym
    2019-05-30 16:31

    After his wife's death, Abe Freeman sets off for goodness knows where with his 3-legged dog, Patch and ends up being held on suspicion of murder. This is where he meets Navajo police officer Emily Etcitty and together they solve the crime - and the mystery of the key - and clear his name. It didn't grip me or hold me in its thrall but this is still an easy and enjoyable enough read if you are not looking for anything too taxing.

  • Carole Sullivan
    2019-05-31 17:55

    Not badI had low expectations but wanted a mystery/cop procedural. I like to read books about NM and Navajo country. This series is ok. Emily Etcitty was not the real protagonist. A cast of interesting characters and good location descriptions .

  • David C. Kempf
    2019-06-09 17:41

    Good read. Hard to put down!Always enjoy a tale that moves quickly from one scene to next. As much about human nature as anything. Who are we? And why are we here. Where will our journey take us.

  • Christopher
    2019-06-03 17:42

    Picked this book up in Raton, NM while waiting on the train to arrive. Found out from the store owner that the book was written by a local author. The book was also recommended by people in the store as well. Well written book that moves quickly and is an enjoyable read.

  • Asif
    2019-06-19 16:50

    Not up to her usual high standardSandra Bolton was a new author for me, but in this book, she has let herself down. This book is not what I had expected.

  • A Reader's Heaven
    2019-06-08 18:41

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Heading west for the serene deserts of New Mexico with his three-legged dog, Patch, Abe Freeman hopes to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s lost battle with cancer. He expects his cross-country journey to be healing, not life-threatening. And he definitely doesn’t plan to wind up as the main suspect when a drifter he meets along the way, Easy Jackson, gets murdered.When Abe’s lost knife turns up at the crime scene and Easy’s key appears in Abe’s backpack, Abe finds himself hunted by the police, biker gangs, and drug dealers, all of whom are determined to get their hands on that key. Caught up in the violence, Abe becomes desperate to prove his innocence. With help from Navajo police officer Emily Etcitty, he just might survive…and his heart just might find another reason to keep on beating.*2.5 stars*I sadly didn't connect with this story. It started out very promising with some interesting twists and turns from the very beginning...but by the time I got to the halfway mark, I just couldn't find a reason to persist with a story that just meandered along, seemingly just waiting for the ending. The other side of this is that I can see why people liked/loved this book. I can see that the writing style is easy to read and that the three-legged dog, Patch, appealed to some people.I just wasn't one of them.PaulARH

  • Helen Falletti
    2019-06-12 18:52

    Kept you going interesting storylineGreat read loved the characters! Educated you on the Indian way of life in an interesting way! Great storyline! Kept you interested!

  • latricia y. roberts
    2019-06-06 11:54

    Interesting ReadNot a bad storyline and keeps your attention. If your into love and crime this is definitely worth reading! Give it a try.

  • ColdCoffee
    2019-06-02 18:29

    Key Witness by Sandra Bolton is gaining mixed reviews which shows that readers are talking about this book.A cross country trip starting in New Jersey with Patch, his three legged dog, Abe Freeman, an unassuming gentle Jewish man seeks mind and spiritual healing after he successfully assisted in his girlfriend’s death when she was dying with cancer. The trip into the desert of New Mexico goes terribly wrong when he becomes a suspect in the murder of Easy Jackson. Unsure of his arrest, Abe struggles with these logical questions: Had they linked him to Sharon’s death, where is Patch, and what is the penalty for possession of personal use marijuana in New Mexico?Strong characters, good dialog and descriptive writing keep readers turning the pages with a plot that involves the incendiary mix of FBI, Navajo Nation Tribal Police, Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia and Kansas City Mafia.Author Sandra Bolton grew up in northern California's Sacramento Valley. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she spent 25 years traveling from coast to coast and one country after another during her husband’s Navy career. She received BA's in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling. Perhaps it is her service in the volunteer Peace Corps in Honduras from 1985-87 or her residence in Raton, New Mexico that gives her the inspiration for her descriptive writing, strong characters and complex plot.I share with you this passage from the book. “Darkness descended on the mountains, carrying with it a sudden influx of cold. Abe shivered and cursed himself for having left his jacket in the Bronco. But the cool air provided clarity to his thoughts as he puzzled over the significance of the key. Abe’s dog ran ahead, sniffing at new intoxicating smells. Without realizing it, he and Patch had walked far from the hunter’s cabin. Deer had recently used the trail, cluttering it with their brown-bead droppings. Now, however, nothing moved in the forest. Even the small gray juncos had given up scratching the ground for seed. They perched in silent groups on pine branches, as if anticipating some unknown danger.”Cold Coffee Press Endorses Key Witness by Sandra Bolton. We reviewed this book in a Kindle/PDF format. This review was completed on December 5, 2015. For more information please visit http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

  • Jenee Rager
    2019-05-25 18:43

    I won this book through the goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.After finishing the book I want to say that whoever wrote the blurb for the back of the book needs to be fired. When it first arrived I read it and couldn't figure out why I had wanted to read the book based on that blurb. In fact the blurb was so poor that I put off reading what turned out to be an excellent book for a couple weeks. I know that some of the magic for me and this book is its setting. My father grew up in the Four Corners region of New Mexico and I have many fond memories of the locations and customs described in this book. Sandra Bolton really uses her words as a magical paintbrush to accurately and vividly portray the setting. The plot itself is fast moving, and easy to follow. There's a bit of something for everyone. A complicated ruse involving a key, skinheads, the Mexican mafia, Kansas City mobsters, and our heroes, Abe, and Emily. Explosions, meth labs, even a bit of tribal politics all come together to make one heck of a great book. There is a smaller character Sally, that I wish the author would write a separate series about. I sincerely haven't loved a character that much in a long, long time.

  • Brandi
    2019-06-19 11:40

    Sandra Bolton knocked it out of the park with this one. This is the first book of hers that I have read and what an outstanding job she did. Abe is running away from a past he wishes he could forget with all his might...and with him, his three legged dog Patch of course. He has no plans on where he is going, he is just packed and headed for California when all of a sudden he is brought in on Murder charges. Emily is a Indian police officer and is the one who brought Abe in. She quickly decides that he is not the one who did the crime but the rest of the police department is not so sure so he has to stay close. Where is closer than her grandfathers farm. These two become tangled in each others business and when the Mexican Mafia and a biker gang are thrown on top of that it makes things a little harder. Abe begins to help Emily with the case in order to clear his name but they start to become closer as things are beginning to get dangerous and it is all possible they wont escape the fight without loosing their lives. This is a great read pick it up and give it a chance.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-26 15:50

    3.5 STARSI happened upon this book while cruising NetGalley and was immediately drawn to it after reading the synopsis. There are not many books set in New Mexico, and I was immediately intrigued. Imagine my surprise when the book takes a turn and ends up near the same town in Arizona where I lived for 8 years. Ms. Bolton does an excellent job with imagery. Her scenes and descriptions of AZ and NM are not only spectacular but completely accurate. It took me most of the book to warm to hero, Abe. He wasn't a bad guy or unlikeable, but I personally never felt an intense connection to him or his story. However, I enjoyed Emily and found her to be strong and resilient heroine. The ending left me a little sad and longing for more, so I was thrilled to learn there would be follow-up. I will definitely want to read more about Abe and Emily in the future. ** Thank you to Net Galley for providing an ARC in exchange for my review. **

  • Dlora
    2019-05-22 14:45

    Joe Freeman is drifting with his three-legged dog Patch, haunted by the loss of his girlfriend to cancer. Unfortunately, at a rest stop he gets mixed up into a major fracas involving the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood, not to mention being suspected of murder for a while--after all his knife was the murder weapon. Navajo police officer, Emily Etcity, suspects him, then helps him, and is exasperated with him. I very much liked the descriptions of the solitary Navajo life, their rich culture, and the beauty of the Southwest. In a way, this novel is reminiscent of the Tony Hillerman series, sharing the same locale and populace. The characters and the setting deserve more than two stars, but the overall storyline didn't make the grade.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-03 13:38

    I picked up this book from the "new" shelf at the library and decided to read it because 1) it had a 3 legged dog, Patch; 2) it's a mystery; and 3) it was based in the Southwest. Unfortunately, the story fell flat for me. The characters and plot were not engaging or interesting. It was boring and I ended up skimming the last part because it just couldn't hold my interest and I found I wasn't paying attention. The descriptions of the Navajo life and Native American culture was interesting, but overall I didn't like the story.

  • Tulay
    2019-06-06 18:47

    Great adventure mystery.Journey started in NJ, ended in New Mexico. So many colourful characters, especially Sarah and Patch. Navajo Nation Tribal Police, FBI and local police. Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia, Kansas city mafia. Jewish Abe nick named Jesus eyes. Can't wait for the second book.

  • James W Raymond
    2019-05-30 19:31

    I really enjoyed the author's writing style and will look for more books by this author!!!!! I highly recommend this book as an entertaining and addictive read , Sandra Bolton has just gained another fan!

  • Carol R. Tappan
    2019-05-27 18:46

    Navajo cultureThis book described the beauty of New Mexico while it wove the culture of the Navajo Indians into the plot and CHARACTERIZATION of the action. I like it when I'm not only entertained but learn something at the same time.

  • Walt Massey
    2019-05-30 15:34

    A very nice rideI enjoyed all of the characters a great deal especially Patch the pooch. This book took a hold on me and never let go. It's a fun and delightful reading experience. Walt Massey

  • Amanda Clark
    2019-06-06 15:36

    Great read.Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well written, the characters are well formed and the story takes you on a journey that part of you wants to complete and part of you doesn't want to end.

  • Cecilia Lomakema-Talas
    2019-05-28 11:48

    A must read book.Interesting book, first book I've read that was close to home. Was able to read and connect with places mentioned in this book. Book is well written and was very interesting.

  • paul kirkwood
    2019-06-10 17:43

    Key Witness, what a great read.A well constructed story, mixing murder, drugs, bike gangs and the mafia. A thoroughly enjoyable book, and one which I would recommend highly to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. I will be reading more of this author's books.

  • Sue Phillips
    2019-05-30 14:34

    New authorThis is the first book I read written by Sandra Bolton. It was extremely good!! I can't believe it is only her second book!! Very well written. Kept my interest all thru out the book!!

  • Evonne D. Lawrence
    2019-05-31 16:34

    Spell bindingSo interesting couldn't, put it down. Excellent reading for mystery lovers. I was not familiar with this author, but will definitely be interested in reading more of her books.