Death in Precinct Puerto Rico: Book Two

A Luis Gonzalo Novel

Luis Gonzalo Novels (Volume 2)

Steven Torres

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Angustias, Puerto Rico, 1990.
Even a tropical paradise can have its little murders.

Luis Gonzalo, sheriff of the small town of Angustias in Puerto Rico's central mountains, knows all there is to know about the people he has worked to protect for more than two decades. He knows that Elena Maldonado was beaten as a child. He knows that she was beaten as a wife. But when she winds up dead on the same day that she brings her newborn home from the hospital, he doesn’t know who has killed her.

Elena's drunken husband seems like the obvious culprit, but after a grisly attack in front of the Angustias police station, potential suspects come out of the woodwork and multiply. The case is further complicated when someone breaks into the crime scene, but no one can figure out what, if anything, was taken.

Before the case is solved, Gonzalo and his deputies will be hard pressed to be certain that justice has been served, and the town of Angustias will be changed forever. A man will die in Gonzalo's arms, a trusted friend will be brutalized, and a fortune worth millions will change hands. Throughout all the turmoil, Gonzalo will keep two special people in mind: Elena Maldonado, the young woman whose life of constant abuse the sheriff had been unable to salvage, and her child, so soon left motherless.

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Death in Precinct Puerto Rico
--"A solid police procedural with an involving murder puzzle and an ever-deepening portrait of Angustias at its core." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
--"Fast-paced, nonstop action" --Publishers Weekly
--"A revealing and realistic examination of a society that, although similar to the U.S. on the surface, possesses its own customs, rhythms, and politics." --Booklist
--"A welcome second helping of crazy characters, unique situations, and an unusual protagonist." --Library Journal
--"Hard-boiled prose hitched to a slice of magical realism, Boriqueno style." --San Francisco Chronicle

Precinct Puerto Rico: Book One
--"Steven Torres has crafted a fascinating tale about illegal immigration and the clash between good and corrupt cops in his native Puerto Rico." --Jose Latour, author of Outcast
--"Steven Torres knows what he's doing. He has captured life on the edge of Puerto Rican society with a creepy realism that is consistently well-drawn, powerful, political, and which builds at a furious pace. No passport is needed to enjoy this trip." --K.j.a. Wishnia, Edgar-nominated author of Red House
--"A top-notch police procedural whose engrossing details create an authentic feel. Terse, deadpan prose, believable characters, and an offbeat setting add up to a promising series kickoff." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)
--"The first Louis Gonzalo novel is a mature thriller that combines the procedural detail of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels with the small-town warmth of Steven Havill's Bill Gastner series. A fine debut that will have readers clamoring for an encore." --Booklist
--"This is a most promising start to a new procedural series that stars a dedicated, sensible "hero" in an almost quaint but decidedly unique locale. Strongly recommended for most collections." --Library Journal (starred review)
--"A diamond in the rough." --Bronx Times Reporter
--"Well developed . . . . and compelling" --Deadly Pleasures

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Steven Torres

Steven Torres was born in the Bronx, New York, but lived part of his childhood in a small town in Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the City University of New York Graduate Center. Steven teaches English at Utica College in Utica, New York, where he lives with his wife, Damaris, and their small, but courageous dog, Fluffy.

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Death in Precinct Puerto Rico: Book Two
A Luis Gonzalo Novel
Steven Torres

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429981873
ISBN10: 1429981873
256 pages
$7.99
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