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Blood Sweep
by Steven F. Havill


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Gifted fifteen-year-old Francisco Guzman has become an internationally renowned concert pianist, touring the world under the auspices of his music conservatory. That gives his mother, Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, plenty of reason to worry--and that's magnified when she learns that he's in Mexico's crime-ridden Mazatlan for a concert series where he may be the target for scam artists and kidnappers.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Gifted fifteen-year-old Francisco Guzman has become an internationally renowned concert pianist, touring the world under the auspices of his music conservatory. That gives his mother, Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, plenty of reason to worry--and that's magnified when she learns that he's in Mexico's crime-ridden Mazatlan for a concert series where he may be the target for scam artists and kidnappers.

Estelle's worries go from bad to worse when her uncle--a man she didn't know existed--surfaces in an attempt to mend family ties and leaves a trail of corpses in his wake. Estelle's attempts to glean family history--the story of her childhood in Tres Santos over the border--from her adopted mother, a woman now in her nineties, go nowhere. Meanwhile, escalating events put Sheriff Bobby Torrez in jeopardy, as they do newly wealthy rancher Miles Waddell and his pet project, the multi-million dollar theme park, NightZone, set high on a county mesa.

Just when his sage advice might be most useful, former sheriff and family friend Bill Gastner takes a dive--in the shadows of his own garage. Now his far-flung family is added to the mix of people and events astir in the boot heel of New Mexico.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464203893
  • ISBN-10: 146420389X
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 306
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Posadas County Mysteries (Paperback)

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Books > Fiction > Crime

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Havill’s engrossing 20th mystery set in New Mexico’s Posadas County (after 2013’s NightZone), cop Estelle Reyes-Guzman is so busy that she can’t take the persistent phone calls from her local bank. When she finally does, she gets her first hint that something’s wrong. Estelle’s 99-year-old mother, Teresa Reyes, has requested a cashier’s check for $8,000 drawn from her savings account. Teresa says that a colleague of Estelle’s, a colonel in the Mexican judiciales, requested the money. To add to her worries, Estelle’s younger son tells her that a man claiming to be her uncle called looking for his niece. The story line is satisfyingly complex, but the novel’s great strength is its well- rendered setting, from the opening description of a silent, motionless antelope to the evocation of a dry riverbed. The concluding note of empathy for the many people trying to cross the border is moving without being heavy-handed. (Apr.)

 
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