In his introduction to the book, bestselling author Loren D. Estleman says "It's hard work being Deborah Morgan." A multiple award-winning author in both the mystery and western arenas, Morgan has collected here in JUNCTION a selection of stories guaranteed to show you why. Join her at the crossroad and choose which of her versatile characters you’ll visit first.
Antiques picker and ex-FBI agent Jeff Talbot figured he was about to make a killing when Nathan Rose offered him all the antiques in his newly deceased aunt's house dirt cheap. What Jeff hadn't bargained for, however, was the bloodstain beneath one of the old pack rat's priceless rugs, indicating that the death of Verena Rose was no accident.
Ex-FBI agent and antiques picker Jeff Talbot asks Lanny, a fellow picker, to scout out some antique majolica as a present for his wife — with no idea just how costly it will be. Lanny is a bit of a loner, but Jeff has always liked him. So it comes as a total shock when the young man is arrested for murdering an antiques dealer.
Months after antiques picker and ex-FBI agent Jeff Talbot's beloved 1948 Chevy woodie was wrecked — the result of a killer trying to run Jeff off the road — it's finally restored. But when he and his butler go to pick it up at the shop, they discover the asphyxiated bodies of four men — including owner Louie Stella, a former informant from Jeff's FBI days.
Jeff Talbot is joining his fishing buddies for their annual trip. He is also trying to coordinate the listing and transportation of his latest haul of antiques. When he arrives at the Northwest Territory Bait and Tackle shop for supplies, he joins his fishing friend, the Judge. Together they find their friend and shop owner, Bill Rhodes murdered.
Since Jeff Talbot left the FBI, he's been investigating yard sales as a professional antiques picker. From furniture to books, from old clothes to broken toys, nothing escapes his keen eye for appraisal. But there is one item that he always keeps his knowing eyes particularly peeled to find: a one-of-a-kind French cabaret set commissioned by Napoleon for his love, Josephine.