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Victim or perpetrator? That's what New Mexico's favorite public relations maven, Sasha Solomon, can't figure out about her favorite niece. The daughter of Sasha's overbearing sister, Gabi is a grad student at Socorro's New Mexico Tech, where she's studying explosives technology. In town to help boost area tourism, Sasha looks forward to spending time with the young woman. But the PR pro never imagined it would be in the hospital, where Gabi lands after someone rigs her mailbox ...
Victim or perpetrator? That's what New Mexico's favorite public relations maven, Sasha Solomon, can't figure out about her favorite niece. The daughter of Sasha's overbearing sister, Gabi is a grad student at Socorro's New Mexico Tech, where she's studying explosives technology. In town to help boost area tourism, Sasha looks forward to spending time with the young woman. But the PR pro never imagined it would be in the hospital, where Gabi lands after someone rigs her mailbox with a nasty surprise.
Jewish with an Iranian surname, Gabi could be the victim of a hate crime. But as details emerge about her work and personal relationships, she begins to appear less as a victim than as a threat. Meanwhile, Sasha learns that the family of her client, town patriarch Papi Sanchez, is riddled with secrets and scandal.
At once a topically flavored whodunit and a realistic portrayal of the way families join together—or don't—in a crisis, The Socorro Blast is a blend of mystery and domestic drama, with the flawed but always engaging Sasha Solomon on center stage.
"Lucky readers who enjoyed Pari Noskin Taichert's first two Sasha Solomon novels don't need to be told she's a first class writer. But they're going to find The Socorro Blast is even better. It's full of wit and sociological insights."—Tony Hillerman
"PR sleuth Sasha Solomon takes us on yet another rollercoaster read. Fans of Noskin Taichert will love the unexpected twists right up to the shocking conclusion. The Socorro Blast is her best work yet, as Sasha whips her way through one of New Mexico's most diverse landscapes."—Barbara Richardson, First Lady of New Mexico
"The Socorro Blast is indeed a blast, and literally opens with one. The narrator, Sasha, is one feisty lady and has a mouth on her to rival the best of the Irish spirit. The mystery is compelling and New Mexico is conveyed with a love and poetic eye that is truly evocative. The dynamic or dysfunction of families is captured brilliantly."—Ken Bruen, multiple award-winning mystery novelist
Posted January 16, 2008
I had the good fortune to read The Socorro Blast before it¿s official release. This was the third in the New Mexico series about Sasha Solomon. Sasha is called to Socorro because her niece, Gabi, is in the hospital after her mailbox explodes and her hand and arm are injured in the blast. Sasha and the police think it is a hate crime after a message slur is left on Gabi¿s door after the mailbox bomb. But soon Sasha starts investigating and finds there is much more than her niece is telling and it seems to tie in with her own job as PR person for Socorro. This is a very exciting whodunit with interesting messages about Jewish and Iranian prejudice. Gabi is a Grad Student majoring in explosives and her advisor/lover disappears immediately after the mailbox explosion. Are they connected? Is someone after what Gabi and her Advisor are working on? Or is someone after them for more personal reasons? There are lots of questions and lots of suspense, especially when someone seems to be trying to stop Sasha from investigating. All is revealed in the exciting conclusion. If you haven¿t read anything by Pari yet, don¿t miss this one. They just keep getting better. I highly recommend the whole series, but you can start with this one as it stands on it¿s own just fine.
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