Rex Burns is the author of numerous books, articles, reviews and stories. The first in his series of police procedurals, The Alvarez Journal, won an Edgar for Best First Mystery and introduced the hard-boiled Denver homicide detective Gabriel Villanueva Wager. Another, The Avenging Angel, was made into a feature movie, Messenger of Death, starring Charles Bronson. With Suicide Season, Burns introduced Devlin Kirk, a Denver private detective specializing in industrial security. The latest Gabe Wager yarn, The Leaning Land, takes Wager to a Ute Indian Reservation. After a “too long hiatus”, Burns published two new novels – Body Slam and Crude Carrier – in 2014.