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"In her debut crime thriller, The Mamacita Murders, Debra Mares takes us into the heart and soul of sex crimes prosecutor's Gaby Ruiz' gritty and often heartbreaking job. It's a world that the author has experienced up close -- since 2004, Debra has been a county prosecutor assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit.

Laura, a 17-year-old prostitute, and the key witness in a sex abuse trial, is missing. When she's found in a motel room, brutally attacked and left for dead, the list of suspects isn't ...

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Overview

"In her debut crime thriller, The Mamacita Murders, Debra Mares takes us into the heart and soul of sex crimes prosecutor's Gaby Ruiz' gritty and often heartbreaking job. It's a world that the author has experienced up close -- since 2004, Debra has been a county prosecutor assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit.

Laura, a 17-year-old prostitute, and the key witness in a sex abuse trial, is missing. When she's found in a motel room, brutally attacked and left for dead, the list of suspects isn't pretty -- and sex crimes prosecutor Gaby Ruiz is determined to find out who tried to kill her witness.

Gaby has dedicated her life to protecting and finding justice for at-risk women. Maybe it's because she can't shake her guilt over not being able to protect her own mother from a violent death at the hands of Gaby's stepfather.

Now it's Gaby who's in danger. Can she find the truth in time to save her own life?

Here's the setup:

??When Laura, a 17-year-old prostitute, is sexually assaulted and left for dead, sex crimes prosecutor Gaby Ruiz is on the case. Laura's not only a victim of attempted murder, she's also the key witness in one of Gaby's trials. Did an assailant connected with Gaby's trial ransack Laura's room and assault her -- did Laura's boyfriend try to kill her because she wanted to leave the Lincoln Gang's prostitution ring -- or did law enforcement try to kill Laura to protect one of their own? The investigation twists from the backwoods in Tuckford County to the back rooms of law enforcement buildings all the way to the Walled City.

Gaby also runs The Mamacita Club, a haven for at-risk women from her vintage Airstream motor home. Women affected by drugs, gang and domestic violence, sex crimes, and broken homes -- they're all in The Mamacita Club. In fact, Gaby has spent all of her professional life seeking justice for others. But it is not until Laura goes missing, that Gaby is able to start searching for justice for herself and begin to fix her own guilt-ridden past for not protecting her mom from an abusive relationship -- this time to save her own life and seek closure over her own mother's death." (Kindle Nation Daily)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985089344
  • Publisher: Justicia House
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 1,038,367
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Debra Mares is the granddaughter of a Mexican migrant farm worker and factory seamstress, was born and raised in Los Angeles, is the first to graduate college in her family, and grew up dancing Ballet Folklorico and Salsa. Debra followed a calling at eleven years old to be an attorney and voice for women and appreciates international travel and culture. She has been a county prosecutor since 2004 and is assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. Debra has prosecuted cases ranging from gang homicides and domestic violence to political corruption and major fraud. She's twice been awarded top prosecutor of the year. Debra co-founded a woman's organization dedicated to implementing creative intervention and mentorship programs for at-risk young women. The Mamacita Murders is her first novel and first in a series of legal thrillers. For more information about Debra's novels, visit www.DebraMaresNovels.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Bad

    Made it to page 39 before i gave up on the poor writing and latino junk. Do not recommend. Bad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Boring

    There's hardly any action even when something happens. All the heroine does is talk and talk, then magically gets her way. There's a strong moral message clearly defined at almost every possible moment. There's a weird mixture of spiritual magic that fades in and out of the story line and it takes FOREVER for anything to progress. I did not enjoy this story at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    One point of the “Mamacita Murders” is to teach vict

    One point of the “Mamacita Murders” is to teach victims of crimes or people who have turned to crime as a way of life, such as prostitutes, that there is another way of life out there. Yes it is a legal thriller. But the main character seeks to teach her ‘girls’ that there are other, better choices for their lives. That was my favorite message of the story. I love that someone is trying to help teach girls how to better their lives and is using the idea of pin-up girls to do it. (not the main point of the story, but my favorite).

    I don’t want to go into too much detail as I don’t want to give anything away, but this book is a must read. The writing style is crisp and clean. Having worked in the legal field and with many attorneys and legal personnel, I loved the inside knowledge. The author kept the story moving at a brisk pace with humor, tears, suspense, and the strong desire to slap one or two characters.

    I give this story 5 out of 5 clouds.

    This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Quick read

    A bit long winded with little substance in the beginning. Conversations are peppered with overly simple speech patterns and cheesy sterotypes. The"police work" and legal precedence was poorly researched at best, and, in many cases, laughable. I really wanted to enjoy this book. Ther were certain viuals that were very typical of Hispanc-Americans and triggered nostalgia... that garnered an extra star. Easy read on a quick flight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Dont bother

    No..... it just doesn't make sense to me why the writer portrays the main character with such low self respect , yet I , the reader am expected to accept her as a professional...... not working for me, get your girl out of the gutter before you have her getting other girls out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Eh. Not very good

    Poorly edited, especialy the last third. Halfway through the characters started to feel pastic and say things oilut of character. Plot was good just not written well.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 26, 2012

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