Tucson private investigator and Iraq War veteran Letty Valdez joins forces with an unlikely ally, Chinese police Detective Inspector Zhou Liang Wei, in Desert Jade, a fast-paced mystery-suspense thriller set in the Sonoran Desert.
We first meet a migrant lost and out of water in the desert, then we encounter Chinese triad gangsters engaged in criminal activities on the U.S.-Mexico border. There's a woman murdered in her backyard, a husband who vanished with a large sum of money, and three abducted young women threatened with sex trafficking. There's a touch of romance, too, when Zhou meets one of Letty's friends.
Don't forget Milagro (aka Millie), the runt-sized female pit bull who was made into bait for a dog-fighting ring, then dumped in the hot desert sand to die when her wounds were too severe to go on. Letty finds and rescues Millie, and Millie returns the favor by performing a heroic act.
An early reviewer said about Desert Jade, “I couldn’t put this book down. I had to know what happens next!” Mystery + suspense +a touch of romance = a riveting mystery-suspense story set in the Sonoran Desert!
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About the Author
C.J. Shane is an arts journalist, book author, and artist with degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Kentucky. Shane is a dedicated environmentalist and nature-lover, a jazz fan, and an international traveler. Shane has published eight nonfiction books, including _Voices of New China_ (2013) and _American Community Colleges: The International Student's Guide_ (2017). Her first work of nonfiction, _Desert Jade_ appears in November 2017. See more about C.J. Shane at her website: www.cjshane.com. Read her arts journalism reports and reviews at www.SonoranArtsNetwork.net. Learn more about Rope's End Publishing at http://www.ropesendpublishing.com/ Her books are available as ebooks and in print.