The Superman Project
A Chico Santana MysteryChico Santana Mysteries (Volume 2)
A. E. Roman
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St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429938235304 Pages
After a series of low-paying jobs, Chico Santana, PI, is living in his tiny office on 149th Street in the Bronx. He's in an absolutely foul mood when Pablo Sanchez and his mother drop in, seeking help for one of Chico's old childhood pals----the handsome and charismatic Joey Ventura. Chico has not seen Joey since Joey disappeared from St. Mary's Home for Boys, headed for Tahiti. He ended up, instead, on the island of TSP---The Superman Project.
The Superman Project peddles German philosophy, Hinduism, and American comic book mythology as a method toward self-improvement, but its members are hiding more than a few secrets. The leader of TSP is a man named Father Ravi. One of his daughters, Gabby, who is also Joey's wife, is missing. Joey was accused by the TSP leaders of killing Gabby and has fled the police. Pablo and his mother insist he is innocent.
Compelled to believe in his old friend, and by the promised payment of a very valuable Superman comic, Chico investigates the competing interests in the organization, falling for a beautiful suspect and trying to look out for a friend's troubled niece in the process.
A. E. Roman brings New York City and its eccentric characters to life in this second in the original and energetic Chico Santana series.
This story begins like many stories do, with a knock and a murder. The alarm went off, one of the most hateful screeching sounds in the world, and I woke up in my office in a foul mood, sprawled on my tattered couch, fully dressed, still...
Praise for The Superman Project
“Soulful Chico remains an engaging hero, and Chico's New York remains a fascinating ethnic gallimaufry.” —Booklist