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Lonesome Point

Lonesome Point

A Mystery

Ian Vasquez

Minotaur Books

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Different as they are, the Varela brothers are bound by a decades-old secret surrounding the events of one long-ago night during their childhood back home in their native Belize. Today Patrick is the Miami-Dade County commissioner and a probable candidate for mayor of Miami, while his brother, Leo, a sometime poet and mental health worker, spends more time getting high than anything else. Still, they've both been struggling for years to completely sever their ties to their father, his illegal businesses, and his secrets.

But those years quickly vanish the moment an old friend recently released from prison asks Leo to release a patient from the mental hospital where Leo works. He calls it a favor, but the threat is clear to Leo, Patrick, and---more dangerously---the men with a stake in Patrick's political career. The request sets off a chain of events destined to lay bare once and for all the truth about what happened that night, and maybe even to pit brother against brother in their efforts to finally set things right.

Moody, atmospheric, and evocative, Lonesome Point showcases the distinct and rhythmic voice that makes Ian Vasquez a unique talent among today's crime writers.

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Early in the morning under a daylight moon, they saw the Reverend facedown in the shallows, black hair afloat, arms outstretched like a Jesus. They pulled him out of the seaweeds and flopped him onto his...

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Praise for Lonesome Point

"A winning combination of grit and heart." - Kirkus Reviews

"Vasquez builds our sympathy for Leo and Tessa skillfully, adds a Quentin Tarantino-like supporting cast, and tightens the noose exquisitely, finishing with a nicely ambiguous ending. Expect much more from Vasquez, whose star continues to rise." - Booklist

"Very strong on atmosphere and sense of place ... a promising second step." - Tampa Bay Times

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About the author

Ian Vasquez

Ian Vasquez received his MFA while working on a psychiatric ward and counseling at-risk high school students. Raised in Belize and now a copy editor at the St. Petersburg Times, he lives with this family near Tampa Bay, Florida. Lonesome Point is his second novel.

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Photo: Pamela Vasquez

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