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White Tombs
     

White Tombs

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by Christopher Valen
 

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When a prominent leader of St. Paul’s close-knit Hispanic community is murdered, Detective John Santana promises the widow he will bring down the killer. Despite the snow and bitter cold, the case heats up quickly—suspects are killed before they can be questioned; his alcoholic partner’s trigger finger draws the attention of Internal Affairs; a

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When a prominent leader of St. Paul’s close-knit Hispanic community is murdered, Detective John Santana promises the widow he will bring down the killer. Despite the snow and bitter cold, the case heats up quickly—suspects are killed before they can be questioned; his alcoholic partner’s trigger finger draws the attention of Internal Affairs; a sexually explicit photo of a murder victim surfaces in an unlikely place; a snow plow becomes a deadly weapon; and police brass threaten to pull Santana off the case. Hunted by an assassin out for revenge and haunted by his violent Colombian past and the younger sister he left behind, Santana’s simple vow to a dead man’s wife becomes an oath that could cost him his life.

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Library Journal

After the owner of El Dia , the foremost Hispanic newspaper in St. Paul, MN, is killed in his home, homicide detective John Santana must solve this high-profile case in spite of the community's unwillingness to help and pressure from the mayor to make a speedy arrest. He is also at odds with the detective from the mayor's office, who is doing his best to make Santana look incompetent. Valen's debut police procedural provides enough plot twists to keep readers engrossed and paints a clear picture of the Hispanic community in St. Paul. For larger collections.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980001723
Publisher:
Conquill Press
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
A John Santana Novel , #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,315,389
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Valen is the award-winning author of six works of fiction featuring Colombian born, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana, White Tombs, The Black Minute, Bad Weeds Never Die, Bone Shadows, Death’s Way and The Darkness Hunter.

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 Woodbury, Minnesota with his Colombian-born wife, Martha. To learn more visit his website at www.christophervalen.com.

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White Tombs 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
St. Paul Police Detective John Santana left Columbia knowing assassins will come one day to Minnesota to kill him his regret and guilt for leaving his homeland is his sister who is left behind to perhaps face the wrath of his enemies. He and his partner Rick Anderson currently investigate the murder of Julio Perez, owner of the monthly Hispanic newspaper El Dia, in his home. After searching the crime scene, the two cops visit Rafael Mendoza because the victim¿s rolodex is open to the card of the immigration attorney. ----------------- They arrive to witness Mendoza fall off his balcony with a man running from the scene. Anderson shoots and kills the fleeing person Ruben Cordova, who turns out to have worked for El Dia. They search Mendoza¿s loft finding evidence of fake visa applications and the photo of two John Does in a sexually explicit pose. Meanwhile Internal Review investigates the shooting pulling Anderson and Santana off the investigation as they were getting closer to solving the case. Santana¿s boss decides Cordova killed the other two men so has no qualms with reassigning the official investigation to Detective James Kehoe for final cleanup. Santana disagrees with the conclusion and also knows Kehoe will not dig any deeper than he has already done so he keeps investigating on his own time and at his own expense.-------------- WHITE TOMBS is a superb police procedural starring a fascinating lead detective who has a history in his homeland. Santana is a wonderful new addition to the sub-genre as he cares about victims, even dead ones, but especially their grieving loved ones in this case he pledges justice to Julio¿s widow. Alcoholic Anderson is as dedicated in his own way. Readers will appreciate this strong whodunit with a stunning late twist that no one will see coming as Christopher Valen argues that a person¿s collective past makes the person¿s present as experiences lead to current actions and reactions.----------- Harriet Klausner
Inquisidor More than 1 year ago
Interesting story. Well written.