This one is a reprint–finally out on Kindle for the first time. The Far Cry by Fredric Brown. It’s considered noir, and it takes place in Taos, NM!
When George Weaver decides to move to Taos, New Mexico for some well-needed rest, he gets more than he’s bargained for.
After buying a remote house, he learns of the mysterious murder of Jenny Ames. Something of a local legend, the murder haunts the town having remained unsolved for eight years.
With nothing to do but drink and sit with his thoughts, Weaver decides to accept his friend’s offer of uncovering and writing the story of the missing girl.
What seems a dead-end at first becomes a thrilling mystery leading Weaver across the country and down a rabbit hole of lies, hidden identities and an unknown past. Weaver slowly becomes wrapped up in the case, but will he be able to uncover the truth after all these years?