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Desert Jade:A Letty Valdez Mystery
C.J. Shane, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Tucson private investigator and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez joins forces with an unlikely ally, Chinese cop Zhou LiangWei, who has been sent on the advice of Interpol to southern Arizona to investigate Hong Kong Triad gangsters bent on infiltrating the Mexico-U.S. borderlands. Together Letty and Zhou work to find and free three abducted young women. Reviewers have said of Desert Jade, "I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happens next," and "I was very entertained by this story. While the writing was not complicated, the story lines were exciting and, at times, pulse pounding," and "Desert Jade starts in the desert with the desperate struggle of an illegal immigrant, and over the course of the book takes in murders, Chinese triads, and rather surprisingly, love. C.J Shane has written a solid thriller, with some particularly descriptive passages of the desert, and of Tucson " Desert Jade = mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance.