Angustias, Puerto Rico, 1990.
Even a tropical paradise can have its little murders.
Luis Gonzalo, sheriff of the small town of Angustias in Puerto Rico's central mountains, knows all there is to know about the people he has worked to protect for more than two decades. He knows that Elena Maldonado was beaten as a child. He knows that she was beaten as a wife. But when she winds up dead on the same day that she brings her newborn home from the hospital, he doesn't know who has killed her.
Elena's drunken husband seems like the obvious culprit, but after a grisly attack in front of the Angustias police station, potential suspects come out of the woodwork and multiply. The case is further complicated when someone breaks into the crime scene, but no one can figure out what, if anything, was taken.
Before the case is solved, Gonzalo and his deputies will be hard pressed to be certain that justice has been served, and the town of Angustias will be changed forever. A man will die in Gonzalo's arms, a trusted friend will be brutalized, and a fortune worth millions will change hands. Throughout all the turmoil, Gonzalo will keep two special people in mind: Elena Maldonado, the young woman whose life of constant abuse the sheriff had been unable to salvage, and her child, so soon left motherless.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Luis Gonzalo Novels , #2|
|File size:||239 KB|
About the Author
Steven Torres was born in the Bronx, New York, but lived part of his childhood in a small town in Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the City University of New York Graduate Center. Steven teaches English at Utica College in Utica, New York, where he lives with his wife, Damaris, and their small, but courageous dog, Fluffy.
Steven Torres was born in the Bronx, New York, but spent part of his childhood in Puerto Rico. Several members of his family lived in small towns there, not unlike Angustias, the setting for the Precinct Puerto Rico series. He studied at Hunter College in Manhattan and is currently completing his doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He and his wife, Damaris, live in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Angustias, Puerto Rico, Sheriff Luis Gonzalo celebrates his twenty-fifth year on the job and practically the whole town is in the village square for the gala. His big moment is interrupted when he see flames burning Pedro Ortiz¿s home. By the time people arrive to help put the fire out, the abode is aflame. When they are finally enter the arson scene they see Pedro with bullets in his body and his wife with a bullet in her head...................................... Nobody knows that there was a confrontation earlier between Pedro and two furious killers who demanded one million dollars and the cocaine they hid on his property that he burned. The two thugs look for the money and they don¿t care who they hurt or kill to et it. When the Metropolitans are called in by the new mayor, Luis doesn¿t trust them. They try to squeeze him out of the investigation but Angustias is Luis¿s town and he is not going to let politicians, police or crooks destroy it.................................. Steven Torres paints such a vivid picture of Puerto Rico that readers will want to go to villages like Angustias. With that picturesque backdrop fans know from the very beginning the identities of the villains but the thrill is in finding the proof of their crimes. The protagonist is a civil servant who cares about his town, his officers and his family and he is not about to let it become a haven for criminals. He is a brilliant investigator who is not afraid to follow his hunches even when it means he is putting his life on the line. This police procedural is a fast-paced, exciting and a very satisfying reading experience........................ Harriet Klausner
Sheriff Luis Gonzalo of the small town of Angustias, Puerto Rico (pop. 9000) spends most of his time dealing with drunken brawls and domestic disputes. Elena Maldonado calls Luis asking for a lift home from the hospital for her and her newborn son, which he agrees to do though he worries about the twosome. Everyone in town knows that her husband is a drunk and a wife beater but Elena insists she can handle the situation.............. He sends one of his officers to check on her, but the deputy finds Elena stabbed to death on her kitchen floor, her husband sitting on the couch and covered in blood holding the murder weapon. The sheriff thinks he has an open and shut case but then he discovers that Elena was cheating on her husband and planned to divorce him. Somebody tries to enter the Maldonado house that is being guarded by a police officer forcing the sheriff to place the perpetrator on the suspect list. By the time he is finished with the case, he has so many suspects that he has to hold some of them in the local church and the deputy mayor¿s office...................... This is a first class police procedural but readers should be warned there is a lot of police brutality contained in this novel. The protagonist is an intelligent man who loves to solve puzzles and as the pieces of the conundrum come together he starts making the right connections. DEATH IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO is a must read for fans who like a dark and gritty police thriller.................. Harriet Klausner