Within a compelling, suspenseful story filled with nonstop action and a bit of romance, Novak tackles the issue of racial hatred well. Her latest in the Dept. 6, hired-gun series is a definite page turner.
Someone is murdering Mexican immigrants as they cross the border into the United States, and leaving their bodies in the desert to rot. Sophia St. Claire, chief of police of Bordertown, is trying to find out who it is. Roderick Guerrero, an operative from Dept. 6, returns to Bordertown to help. He doesn’t have great memories growing up there but this case is close to his heart; his mother was a Mexican immigrant herself. Sophia is unhappy with Roderick’s involvement, but she could use the help. As they work together, it becomes clear that not only are they in physical danger, they are in danger of falling for each other, too. (MIRA, Sep., 400 pp., $7.99)
Melanie E. Bates