By Marcos Villatoro
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440242109, 368pp.)
Publication Date: August 31, 2004
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The award-winning Home Killings, Marcos M. Villatoro’s first Romilia Chacón novel, won dazzling acclaim for its fusion of character, suspense, and a gripping police procedural swirling around a fiery Latina detective. Now, in a new novel filled with the same remarkable precision and power, Romilia Chacón turns back to the reason she became a cop in the first place: to hunt for the sadist who took her sister’s life–and has kept on killing ever since.
He is known as the Whisperer for the cryptic messages he leaves at his horrific crime scenes. But Detective Romilia Chacón can hear him loud and clear. Still haunted by the death of her beloved sister, Romilia begins to dig into the case on her own time and soon finds help she doesn’t want. A seductive international drug lord is obsessed with her and seems to know more about the case than anyone inside law enforcement. But neither an outlaw’s unbridled power nor a cop’s persistence can untangle the web of illusion surrounding the man they seek. For this killer is living at the center of his own brilliant hell–and he’s already decided who will join him next.…
Marcos M. Villatoro is the author of several novels, 2 collections of poetry, and a memoir set in Guatemala. He holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Writing at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to NPR and also hosts the L.A. program on Pacifica Radio called "Shelf Life," where he interviews other poets and novelists from around the world. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on the third novel featuring Romilia Chacon.
"In Detective Romilia Chac??n, Marcos M. Villatoro offers a fresh, unique, exotic, and spicy entr?©e to the potluck that is modern crime fiction. Villatoro is an author to watch."
--C.J. Box, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry Award-winner
"Twisty and clever in the extreme...will surprise even the most experienced detective-story reader."
"An excellently written procedural....A winner!"