Bad Weeds Never Die

Bad Weeds Never Die

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by Christopher Valen
     
 

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FROM AWARD WINNING AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER VALEN COMES A POWERFUL NOVEL OF DECEIT, REVENGE, AND MURDER

Forced to flee Colombia at the age of sixteen and haunted by guilt for leaving his younger sister Natalia behind, Homicide Detective John Santana is a man on a mission.

When a blood spattered Mercedes belonging to the daughter of a prominent psychologist

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FROM AWARD WINNING AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER VALEN COMES A POWERFUL NOVEL OF DECEIT, REVENGE, AND MURDER

Forced to flee Colombia at the age of sixteen and haunted by guilt for leaving his younger sister Natalia behind, Homicide Detective John Santana is a man on a mission.

When a blood spattered Mercedes belonging to the daughter of a prominent psychologist is found abandoned, there are few clues to her whereabouts but a million dollars' worth of reasons why someone might want her dead.

Confronted with a list of suspects––a philandering boyfriend with a checkered past, the victim's estranged sister who has a penchant for mysteries and drugs, an angry man whose adopted Colombian son committed suicide, and a shady lawyer who can't be trusted––Santana's search for answers leads him to the photo of a mysterious woman who may hold the key to solving the crime. But to find her he must return to Colombia and face the ghosts of his past and the man who has vowed to kill him.

Editorial Reviews

Rebecca's Reads - Kam Aures
...This is the first of Valen's books that I have read in the John Santana series and surely will not be the last... I easily jumped in with this third one and did not feel lost in the least. It definitely stands alone... Valen's novel is gripping, fast-paced and will have you guessing until the end. The characters are intriguing and there are many plot twists and turns. It is a true page-turner in every sense of the word.
Reader Views - Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson
...This is the first of Valen's books that I have read in the John Santana series and surely will not be the last... I easily jumped in with this third one and did not feel lost in the least. It definitely stands alone... Valen's novel is gripping, fast-paced and will have you guessing until the end. The characters are intriguing and there are many plot twists and turns. It is a true page-turner in every sense of the word.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013171985
Publisher:
Conquill Press
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Series:
A John Santana Novel , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
522,068
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Christopher Valen is the author of two previous works of fiction featuring Colombian born, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana, White Tombs (Conquill Press, 2008) and The Black Minute (North Star Press, 2009). White Tombs won the 2009 Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Garcia Award for Best Fiction. The Black Minute won the 2010 Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, the Linda Goldman Award for Best Novel, and was a finalist for the 2009 Midwest Book Award for Best Mystery/Thriller.

Christopher is a graduate of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy and has many contacts and resources in the law enforcement community. He lives in Minnesota with his Colombian-born wife, Martha. To learn more visit Christopher’s website at www.christophervalen.com

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Bad Weeds Never Die 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In St. Paul's Lowertown, at four in the morning patrol cop Palmer found a Mercedes splattered with blood left as the only vehicle still at a park and ride lot. The owner Teresa Blackwood is missing. Homicide Detectives John Santana and Kacie Hawkins lead the investigation. Kacie thinks the missing owner might be the daughter of child psychologist Jonathan Blackwood whose TV show was pulled off the air for reasons other than low ratings. They go to her condo and meet her frightened reluctantly cooperative live in lover Steven Larson the veterinarian who has a woman from work in his bedroom. The two detectives meet her anxious father and her estranged twin Maria who chose drugs over work. Jonathan explains that his daughters will inherit a million dollar plus a trust fund in two years, but if one dies before that the other inherits half the other's money now. Maria's alibi is the family's married lawyer Daniel Calloway and says her father is dating the cops' boss Rita Gambolini. They also learn that the twins' biological mother came from Colombia where John fled when he was sixteen leaving behind his sister Natalia. The suspect list grows and the case takes deadly ominous paths in Minnesota and Columbia. The latest John Santana police procedural (see White Tombs and Black Minute) is an excellent investigative thriller as the two detectives methodically work a case that spins out of control with homicides. Readers will enjoy accompanying Santana and Hawkins as they follow twisted leads in Minnesota while John learns you can't go home in a world filled with violent predators. Harriet Klausner