Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Mystery Bookshelf: Partners in Crime by Rolando Hinojosa, a Rafe Ruenrostro Mystery

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The Mystery Bookshelf, where you can discover a world of mystery and suspense, is pleased to feature a new crime novel we recently received from the publisher.

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Partners in Crime by Rolando Hinojosa
A Rafe Ruenrostro Mystery (1st in series)
Arte Publico Press (Trade Paperback)
Publication Date: November 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-741-4

Partners in Crime by Rolando Hinojosa

About Partners in Crime (from the publisher): It's a cool Monday morning in October 1972, and the Belken County Homicide Squad is dealing with a dead body found in an abandoned car in the middle of a cotton field. Lieutenant Detective Rafe Buenrostro and the four other men making up the squad are accustomed to corpses, even though they live and work in a mostly rural area of South Texas along the Mexican border.

The bloody scene at the Kum Bak Inn is a different story, though, and one that is impossible to get used to: three men — including one of their own — slaughtered so brutally that their faces, arms, legs and even genitalia have been completely severed from their bodies. Two witnesses spared this horrific death are able to provide first-hand descriptions of the killers: three Mexican nationals, armed with machine guns, driving a cream-colored, four-door Oldsmobile.

These clues send Rafe and his colleagues down a twisting path strewn with leads and assumptions, many of which lead to dead ends after patient, plodding examination. But it's a meeting with their Mexican counterpart, Captain Lisandro Gomez Solís of the Tamaulipas State Police, which sets them on the trail that will eventually lead them to the killers. The way is littered with suspects and shady characters, including a veteran car thief, unsuspecting drug mules, dirty bank tellers and double-crossing Mexican gangsters.

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About the author: Rolando Hinojosa is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the most prestigious prize in Latin American fiction, Casa de las Americas, for the best Spanish American novel in 1976. Partners in Crime, the author's first mystery in the "Klail City Death Trip" series, was originally published in 1985.

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