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On the streets of Tucson, Arizona, a riot breaks out after a basketball game and a man is shot dead in the street. He carries no identification, and the usual police checks—fingerprints and an artist’s sketch—provide nothing. Was this a case of police brutality, or did someone use the riot to conceal a murder? April Lennox, a young reporter from L.A., has a theory, and she turns to private detective Roscoe Brinker for help.
April received a call from Mexico a few days earlier—a call from a man promising a story of oppression and murder. They arranged to meet the night of the riot. He didn’t show, and April now suspects that her informant and the murder victim are one and the same.
She needs Brinker’s connections in Tucson and across the border, but after being shot and nearly killed in Mexico, he’s…[more]
After a confrontation with a group of smugglers on the border leaves him nearly dead, Agent Brinker turns in his INS badge and starts up a safer line of work as a private investigator. And now that he’s aced a few open-and-shut missing child cases, Brinker thinks he has finally escaped the nightmare of Lovers Crossing. But when Brinker is approached by the wealthy Tucson businessman Mo Crain to investigate the brutal murder of his wife, trouble is close behind. Desperately short on leads, Brinker can’t find anyone in Tucson with a motive to kill Mrs. Crain. And then an acquaintance of hers is found dead in the trunk of his car, showing Brinker that he’s up against a cold-blooded murderer who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.
As Brinker travels from border to border in search of answers, his investigation leads him back to the very place he swore never to return—the underbelly of Lovers Crossing. And this time, he may not get out alive.
In the tradition of Michael McGarrity, James C. Mitchell introduces a border detective who is as fully human as he is smart and tough.