A dead man. A missing baby. A few shadowy characters. And a mother who has never stopped looking for her daughter. With these elements Uva de Aragón builds a fast-faced novel that has a strong sense of place (you’ll feel you are in Miami, drinking Cuban coffee) and nuanced, sympathetic characters. Plus a healthy serving of Cuban food.
When detective María Duquesne is assigned a cold case, she chooses a young assistant, Iván Fernández, to help her with the investigation. Its twists and turns take them back to the Mariel boatlift days, with a hop to today’s New York. This is a solid mystery with an impeccable ending that will hook you from the first line.
Professor of Spanish and ESL
New Mexico Junior College
Novelist, author among others
of the detective novel “Death Comes
in through the Kitchen”
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