The Bitter Past: A Mystery (Porter Beck, #1) by Bruce Borgos

The Bitter Past: A Mystery (Porter Beck, #1) by Bruce Borgos

Title:  The Bitter Past: A Mystery
Series:  Porter Beck, #1
Author: Bruce Borgos
Publisher: Minotaur Books 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  320
Date of US Publication:  18 July, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

My Thoughts 

This wildly engrossing novel transported me back to the mountains, and brown-ness of Nevada, where we spent the last nine years, in and right outside of Las Vegas, before moving to the countryside. As much as I missed winter with snow, I have to admit that I do miss desert winters. 

Excellent and consuming, I kept at this one and read it quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed what I hope is the opening novel to a new series that I’m looking forward to reading more of (please tell me that this is going to be a series!)

Thank you to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the DRC!


In the tradition of Craig Johnson and C. J. Box, Bruce Borgos's The Bitter Past begins a compelling series set in the high desert of Nevada featuring Sheriff Porter Beck…

Porter Beck is the sheriff in the high desert of Nevada, north of Las Vegas. Born and raised there, he left to join the Army, where he worked in Intelligence, deep in the shadows in far off places. Now he's back home, doing the same lawman's job his father once did, before his father started to develop dementia. All is relatively quiet in this corner of the world, until an old, retired FBI agent is found killed. He was brutally tortured before he was killed and clues at the scene point to a mystery dating back to the early days of the nuclear age. If that wasn't strange enough, a current FBI agent shows up to help Beck's investigation.

In a case that unfolds in the past (the 1950s) and the present, it seems that a Russian spy infiltrated the nuclear testing site and now someone is looking for that long-ago, all-but forgotten person, who holds the key to what happened then and to the deadly goings on now.


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