A serial killer is on the loose in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The killer is seductive and methodical as he preys on prostitutes and other lonely women. Those women are later found in shallow graves on the West Mesa, but lack of forensic evidence at the burial site has not helped to catch the killer, and the case remains unsolved. Living in a small peaceful town along the Rio Grande is a troubled family where violence is only a few drinks of gin away.
Rosa, a beautiful and resourceful young girl, is growing up in a traditional Hispanic family household with her parents and older brother, Ray. She is flirty and full of life, but family secrets and tragedy threaten to overwhelm her. Ray, on the other hand, is destined for the life of a business professional and while close to his sister, he lives in the city and stays removed from family problems. What isn't known, and can't be imagined, is that the serial killer lives among them, a family member whom no one suspects.
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Dolores Borrego Jacobs joins the ranks of writers who favor Southwestern themes and landscape, such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Rudolfo Anaya, and Tony Hillerman, and speaks to the reader in the language of the local people of New Mexico. She gives an intimate view of their lives, and establishes for us a strong sense of place that makes her novel both a timepiece beginning in the 1980's and a culturally relevant modern day murder story in the True Crime tradition. Her characters accurately portray people who could be your neighbors. Their dialogue is authentic and provocatively peppered with colorful expressions in Hispanic slang.