Precinct Puerto Rico
A Luis Gonzalo Novel, Book OneLuis Gonzalo Novels (Volume 1)
Near Rincón, Puerto Rico, 1987.
Even a tropical paradise may have its little murders.
In his years as sheriff of Angustias, a small town nestled in Puerto Rico's mountainous heart, Luis Gonzalo has seen his share of violence. People kill for love and money in Angustias just as they do anywhere else. But it is during a visit to his wife's family in the seaside town of Rincón that Gonzalo encounters his greatest challenge.
A midnight call brings Gonzalo to a beach where bodies are washing ashore, victims of a shipwreck, victims of the illegal traffic in humans from the Dominican Republic. When he discovers evidence that the shipwreck was no accident, that the ship's captain was murdered, Gonzalo's life is threatened. When he discovers proof that Puerto Rican police were involved in the deaths of the illegal immigrants, the lives of his wife and children are threatened. The murder of one of his deputies brings Gonzalo no closer to the bottom of this mystery-- a mystery no other law enforcement agency wants to help him solve.
The first in a series of police procedural mysteries featuring Luis Gonzalo and the citizens and cops of Angustias, Precinct Puerto Rico: Book One is a brilliant beginning to a continuing story from a long overdue locale.
Praise for Precinct Puerto Rico
“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