Sonora Crossing

Sonora Crossing Cover

Sonora Crossing

By Darrell James

Midnight Ink, Paperback, 9780738723709, 350pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2012


After the death of her former lover, Ed Jeski, Tucson investigator Del Shannon is hesitant to take on the case of a missing child. But six-year-old Aurea Lara is rumored to possess prophetic visions, and Del  discovers she may know something about Jeski’s death. Plunging across the Mexican border, Del joins forces with La Banda, a group fighting  to infiltrate the compound of Aurea’s violent drug-lord uncle. Desert shootouts and cruel betrayals make Del question whether Aurea’s dark visions might just be coming true.


"Del Shannon is a character you'd like to continue to follow. She's smart, sexy, tough and adventurous—a female P.I. who doesn't depend on men. And James has her engaged in situations with some interesting psychological implications."—Tucson Weekly

"Darrell James demonstrates many skills in his well-crafted second novel, Sonora Crossing. The descriptive writing of place is good. The characters are well drawn, even if they aren’t particularly complex. Most of all, James manages a fast plot well. This plot-driven book keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next."—U-T San Diego 

"James surrounds the passionate and determined Del, who comfortably occupies center stage, with plenty of interesting characters and a plot to severely test her will and ingenuity."—Publishers Weekly

"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 "—Suspense Magazine

A finalist for The Rocky Award for best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region.

About the Author
As co-founder of James & Jordan, an Executive Search Firm based in Sugar Land, TX, Darrell has over 20 years of experience in recruiting, human resources, and diversity with the demonstrated expertise in designing, implementing, and managing strategic recruitment and training initiatives. Darrell was the Vice President of Hudson Inclusion Solutions Recruitment Services of the Hudson Highland Group. He was responsible for the development and delivery of diversity search and recruitment consulting services with both internal and external clients. Darrell's client list included multiple Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, MTV Networks, Coke, Frito Lay, and HSBC Bank. Previously, Darrell had been in numerous HR leadership roles for companies such as the Houston Rockets, Deloitte, Motorola, and Arizona State University. He is actively involved in several professional organizations, including: Society of Human Resource Management/HRHouston; National Black MBA; and National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). Darrell is the Immediate Past President of the Houston NAAAHR Chapter, and currently the President of the Houston Black MBA Chapter. Darrell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University, and has a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University.