The Ragged End of Nowhere, by Roy Chaney. Library Call Number: PS3603.H35726R34 2009.
Bodo Hagen, late of the CIA, has come back home to Las Vegas after ten years. His brother has been murdered. Ronnie had just survived a stint in the Foreign Legion, only to be gunned down in the desert near Hoover Dam. But Ronnie didn’t end his service empty-handed. He had a relic from overseas in his possession—possibly a stolen artifact, certainly a valuable one. The only question is who would kill Ronnie to get it? Whoever it was, they’re about to find out that Ron Hagen wasn’t the only dangerous brother in the family.
Chaney’s strong first novel, winner of the Tony Hillerman prize for best Mystery in the modern American West, is a page-turner of a thriller, with a keen eye for Las Vegas and the sometimes shadowy denizens in its background.