About the Author

Helen Cothran has been an English professor and editor of college and high school textbooks. She grew up in the tiny desert town of Trona, California, and now lives in the San Diego area. When she isn’t working at her job as a copyeditor or writing the Sam Larkin Mystery series, she enjoys triathlon, hiking, and gardening.











Stock photo credits: Drought © Anton Prado | Rusting car submerged in sand © cultura2 | Western Chuckwalla lizard © Sebastien Fremont
Death Valley Warning © AxelL | Police Investigation © Chisnikov | Lizard Bearded Dragon aka Sandfire, focused on eyes © lipowski — Fotolia.com