Compassionately explores critical issues.

Del Rio compassionately explores critical issues. I was up last night reading through this suspenseful novel. More than once I recalled Theodore Dreiser a century ago. Rosenthal deals straight up with contemporary issues of institutionalized crime, racism, and injustice, and skillfully weaves a path through it, in California and western Mexico, in a way that adds to the suspense and excitement. This book is not only for mystery and crime aficionados, but could very well be assigned in college classrooms because of the mirror it casts on the protagonist, and, not incidentally, on our society itself.

Frederick M. Smith Jane Rosenthal June 20, 2021

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