Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime

by Rolando Hinojosa
     
 

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It's October 1972, and the Belken County Homicide Squad is dealing with a dead body found in an abandoned car in a cotton field. Lieutenant Detective Rafe Buenrostro and the other men in the squad are accustomed to corpses, even though they live in a rural area of South Texas along the Mexican border.

The bloody scene at the Kum Bak Inn is a different story,

Overview

It's October 1972, and the Belken County Homicide Squad is dealing with a dead body found in an abandoned car in a cotton field. Lieutenant Detective Rafe Buenrostro and the other men in the squad are accustomed to corpses, even though they live in a rural area of South Texas along the Mexican border.

The bloody scene at the Kum Bak Inn is a different story, though: three men are slaughtered brutally. Two witnesses spared this horrific death are able to provide first-hand descriptions of the killers: three Mexican nationals, armed with machine guns, driving a cream-colored Oldsmobile.

These clues send Rafe and his colleagues down a twisting path strewn with leads. But it's a meeting with their Mexican counterpart of the Tamaulipas State Police, which sets them on the trail that will eventually lead them to the killers.

Foreshadowing the violence plaguing the border area, Rolando Hinojosa's first mystery novel featuring characters from his acclaimed Klail City Death Trip series was originally published in 1985 and has been out of print for years. Partners in Crime is a procedural whodunit that will satisfy the most hardened mystery book aficionado.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1985, this intriguing first volume in Hinojosa’s acclaimed Klail City Death Trip series (Ask a Policeman, etc.) introduces homicide detective Rafe Buenrostro of the Belken County, Tex., police force as well as the five other members of the local homicide squad and some of their Mexican counterparts, like Capt. Lisandro Gómez Solís. In the fall of 1972, a crime wave sweeps Klail City, from a fatal domestic dispute and the strangled corpse behind the wheel of a big Buick in a cleared cotton field to an anonymous tip about bank irregularities and the brutal machine-gunning of three men in a restaurant. Buenrostro’s sometimes surprising literary references (e.g., to Maimonides, Goethe, Thurber) add spice. Hinojosa writes with great insight and gentle humor about the human condition and the sometimes cordial, sometimes prickly, relationships between the forces for public order on both sides of the border. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558857414
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Series:
Rafe Buenrostro Mystery series
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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