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Deadly Desire: The Raff Rafferty Mysteries, Book One is a police procedural mystery written by Robert Joseph. Homicide Detective Raff Rafferty and his partner, Hank Tafoya, are investigating the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of the reclusive and wealthy Willard Weems, who lived alone on his estate overlooking the Pacific in Big Sur, except for his mentor and live-in guru, Devachen Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist. Weems' battered body was found by his estate manager, Nigel Taylor, when he arrived for work the following morning. The victim was stabbed dozens of times with a dagger that left a triangular wound, but such a weapon had not been found on the premises. To make matters even stranger, the long black hairs found at the scene of the crime yielded no traces of DNA.
Robert Joseph's supernatural mystery novel, Deadly Desire: The Raff Rafferty Mysteries, Book One, is a well-written and compelling thriller set in Monterey and Big Sur, California. Rafferty is a flawed character who is haunted by a tragic event that cost him his family and may end up costing him his sanity as well. Deadly Desire touches on the stresses and strains that impact policemen and women and their families as Raff struggles to maintain his relationship with his daughter, Fati, fend off the bitter and hostile snipes of his ex-wife, Cindy, and find a brutal killer who seems to have vanished into thin air. Joseph's plot is intense and fast-paced, and his characters are well-developed and authentic. I'm looking forward to reading further cases involving this complex and very human homicide detective. Deadly Desire: The Raff Rafferty Mysteries, Book One is highly recommended.