Poisoned by God's Flesh: A Peter Romero Mystery

Poisoned by God's Flesh: A Peter Romero Mystery

by David E. Knop

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Poisoned by God's Flesh: A Peter Romero Mystery by David E. Knop

Cochiti Police Officer Peter Romero finds the teen daughter of his former love, Adelina, poisoned by Psilocybe Mexicana, or “God’s Flesh,” but evidence leads off the reservation. Against the demands of his wife, Costancia, and warnings by the FBI, Romero pursues the case. A series of outwardly unrelated events: a drug sting gone bad, the brutal murders of innocents and police, and the kidnapping of Costancia and Adelina point Romero to the most intricate yet violent confrontations of his career.
Romero’s unauthorized investigation leads him into the supernatural domain of an otherworldly Navajo shaman who guides Romero to an al-Qaeda plot. Romero tells local FBI agents who immediately consider him a prime conspirator. Unable to reveal the magic of the shaman as his source, Romero is charged with violation of national security laws. With Romero jailed, a rogue cartel enforcer, John Michael Ellis, the teen’s killer, is able to elude scrutiny and hijack a top-secret nuclear weapons carrier.
Jean Reel, the only FBI agent who believes Romero’s story, releases him and risks her career. Assisted by the shaman, Romero hunts for the stolen carrier on a rocky trail that twists and turns between Navajo sorcery and white man’s avarice. The shaman goads Romero to endure beyond his physical limits and demands he accept death as a friend.
Romero tracks Ellis through the merciless deserts and hills of the Navajo reservation only to discover a second cartel assassin dogging his every move. To save Costancia and Adelina, Romero must ally with his stalker to recover the nukes. When their plan is aborted, he becomes the target. Romero foils the al-Qaeda/cartel plan, but becomes estranged from his wife when the case raises disturbing questions about another lawman once beyond reproach, her brother.
Romero survives by defeating his fear of death and summoning the powers of a hidden realm. This new empowerment brings purpose to his hardships and he realizes his strength lies in the spirit world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624882845
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 604 KB

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Poisoned by God's Flesh: A Peter Romero Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for readers who love action combined with a mystery that keeps you guessing. Knop takes the familiar landscape of the American Southwest and creates a unique place, inhabited by shamans, mythical animals and spirits, really setting this book apart from the usual fare. He excels at action scenes -- gunfights, helo fights and fistfights. As a dedicated Tony HIllerman, I must say this book goes deeper and darker into the violence of the modern drug trade. And Officer Peter Romero is on his own again, fighting betrayal and murder to save his wife. Great writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set against the backdrop of the deserts and hills of the Navajo reservation, Dave Knops’ book, Poisoned by God’s Flesh is a “spiritual” thriller that keeps you turning the page. Cochiti Police Officer Peter Romero returns in this second book to drug stings, brutal murders and kidnappings.  Romero is a tough, believable character and the author has done his homework researching Native American rituals and magical shaman practices.  Well-written and fast-paced, this novel has it all.