This is a fascinating mystery featuring one of suspense fans’ beloved characters, Del Shannon. Del is a very clever investigator with Desert Sands Covert in Tucson, AZ, which is a company that specializes in finding and recovering missing persons.
After the death of Del’s former lover – police officer, Ed Jeski – Del is more than a little doubtful about taking on a missing persons case. But whether she likes it or not, there is one such case on the horizon.
A Mexican drug lord who’s making deals right across the border in Arizona, Santos De La Cal, believes his niece, Aurea Lara, is a prophet who can tell the future even though she is only six-years old. Santos is sure that she can help him find safe passage for his cartel from Mexico to their contact in the U.S.. So on one particular drug run, he kidnaps Aurea and takes her back to his compound in Mexico in order for her to use her powers to help him.
In the meantime Randall Willingham, Del’s boss, is very concerned about his employee who is still very depressed by the murder of her former lover, and wants to keep her out of harm‘s way. But when Aurea’s relatives come to the agency and beg Del to recover their niece, neither she nor Randall understand why they want her services in particular until…they sees Aurea’s work.
Aurea has collected newspaper pictures of Del and her late boyfriend, and when Del sees the pictures of Ed she wants to take the case. She is desperate to find answers to his murder, so she goes into Mexico and lands right in the middle of enemy territory. She enlists the help of Francisco Estrada, the leader of the resistance, and his band of followers. Unfortunately, the captain of the Federal Police is a pawn of Santos so Del will need all the help she can get to recover the child.
This is a truly exciting plot which makes for a great read. Del is a very strong and competent main character that lovers of suspense, western, and mystery books will absolutely enjoy!
Until Next Time, Everybody,