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Product Details

  • Series: Skeet Bannion Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030351
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Police chief Marquitta “Skeet” Banion left the force in Kansas City, Missouri, to head the department at a small college campus outside the city. She was hoping for a quieter life, but murder respects no boundaries. Skeet told her best friend, Karen, that she would host a party at her home to welcome politician George “Mel” Melvin. The small gathering is morphing into a huge one, making Skeet very unhappy. Mel arrives with his entourage: trophy wife, troubled teenage daughter, wealthy backer, and mysterious employee, who may be a bodyguard. Later, Karen discovers a body in the college storage caves and is attacked herself. She also has to deal with her surly teenage ward, Brian, a gifted musician who is involved with Mel’s daughter. With a strong heroine and a nice mix of procedural detail and familial issues, this makes a good choice for fans of Steven F. Havill’s series starring Estelle Reyes-Guzman. --Barbara Bibel

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"Rodriguez combines elements of the whodunit with those of the thriller in her second installment, a follow-up to last year's award-winning 'Every Last Secret.'  Her latest not only fulfills its predecessor's promise but also furthers Skeet's story in ways that will have readers eager for her next case."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Skeet’s second outing (Every Last Secret, 2012) showcases a strong, intelligent woman with a difficult past that keeps returning to haunt her."—Kirkus Reviews

"Credible characters enhance the absorbing plot."—Publishers Weekly

“Linda Rodriguez is a richly talented writer. Her aim is true, and she strikes deep. This new work will reward you as it weaves its generous spell. Good stuff. Get it now.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, Edgar Award-winning author of Queen of America

"Linda Rodriguez give readers a truly modern heroine in tough, independent, and complex police chief Skeet Bannion. Add powerful writing, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and a cast of characters you won't want to leave behind and Rodriguez delivers another terrific read."—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of No Mark Upon Her

 


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Linda Rodriguez has published three novels in the Skeet Bannion mystery series, Every Hidden Fear (Minotaur Books), Every Broken Trust (Minotaur Books), finalist for the International Latino Book Award and the Premio Aztlan Literary Award and a Las Comadres National Latino Book Club selection, and Every Last Secret (Minotaur Books), winner of the Malice Domestic First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. as well as two books of poetry, Heart's Migration (Tia Chucha Press) winner of the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publications; Scapegoat Press). She edited Woven Voices: 3 Generations of Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (Scapegoat Press), second place, International Latino Book Award. She has also published a cookbook, The "I Don't Know How To Cook" Book: Mexican (Adams Media). Rodriguez received the Midwest Voices and Visions Award, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Award, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships, among others. She is the 2015 Chair of the AWP Indigenous/Aboriginal American Writers Caucus, immediate past president of Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, a founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, and International Thriller Writers. Learn more about her books and events at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/

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Lots of suspense.
mary e gordon
The pacing is brisk, the characters well defined, and the plotting is superbly crafted.
Carol Robinson
And the ending left just enough unsaid that makes me eager to read the next one.
Gloria A. Alden

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. BULL on May 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A Review of Every Broken Trust by Linda Rodriguez

Every Broken Trust is the second novel about police chief Skeet Bannion. The author, Linda Rodriguez, novelist and poet, shows a growing command of the structure of the novel along with her formidable use of language.

This book shows more about Skeet's Cherokee heritage. It also demonstrates the complicated relationships Skeet has with her ex-husband, her father and her mother. Skeet is now the guardian of fifteen-year-old Brian who acts with the illogic and lack of control that only teenagers manage when he gets to know a troubled teenage girl who he describes as, "a genius." If causing trouble and casting unfair aspersions at adults are measures of intellectual prowess, the girl easily outshines Albert Einstein.

Investigating a murder may prove easier for Skeet than navigating through the shoals of emotionally-charged family issues. As a reader I was pleased to learn more about Skeet's grandmother who did not appear in the first book.

As in the first novel Skeet comes across as a professional police officer, not a female Rambo. She finds plenty of trouble in her job and family relations while out creating more stress by macho behavior. The author brings the novel to a satisfying conclusion. She also leaves interesting threads hanging which have me eager for Skeet's next adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By storytellermary on June 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Just finished Linda Rodriguez' _Every Broken Trust_* -- splendid! . . . and a satisfying resolution, which still manages to promise more wonderfulness in the next book -- for which I can hardly wait! The characters are wonderful, flawed, real people, and I look forward to spending more time with them.
* Read _Every Last Secret_ first, though *
I guess now I can start breakfast and chores . . . yeah, I have my priorities straight -- book and coffee first -- now I can start the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on June 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"'Just remember. No criminal has the power those with wealth and political clout have. The ultra criminals use politics to thrive unmolested.'" ( Page 231)

If chief of campus police Skeet Bannion liked politics she could have stayed with the Kansas City Police Department where she just might have been their first female police chief. Instead, she bailed out on the politics and more when she left for the calmer setting of nearby Chouteau University. At least that was the plan though things have not really worked out that way. Recent events in Every Last Secret have taught her that there is no running from politics or her ties to Kansas City.

It has been a few months since those events happened as Every Broken Trust begins. As a favor to good friend Karen Wise, Skeet has agreed to open her home for a small party to welcome the new dean of the Chouteau University Law School. George "Mel" Melvin who has ties to Skeet, Karen, and many others is to be the new dean. The guest list created by Karen is getting longer and longer as is the depth of complexity to the party. Despite Karen's assurances that everything is going to be fine, Skeet is getting more and more stressed by the upcoming party as well as some of the people surrounding Mel.

The party turns out to be a disaster, but not in the way Skeet had feared. After an incident with a drunk at the party, Karen calls for help asking Skeet to come to a nearby underground storage area known as "the Caves." A complex built into the limestone caves that run beneath the university is now is the scene of a murder victim and an injured Karen. Leonard Klameth, one of many attending the party, is now dead and Karen has suffered a serious head injury.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Robinson on May 14, 2013
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Skeet Bannion has no trouble speaking her mind no matter the circumstance. In this second book of the series Skeet is almost overwhelmed by others' bad choices. Her best friend is being stalked by a murderer but won't stay home under protection, her foster son has befriended a troubled girl and is headed for trouble himself, her father is sabotaging his recovery from a stroke. And there is a murder, or two, to be solved. Skeet has no choice but to keep fighting for, and with, those she loves as she tries to find the killer before he kills her friend. The pacing is brisk, the characters well defined, and the plotting is superbly crafted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Bjuland on June 5, 2013
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This is an excellent mystery with a strong, independent female character who deals with not only professional, but personal problems in an adult, realistic way. She as also grown from the first book and continues to develop. The characters are 3-diminsional and blend well together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AgnesLucy on May 29, 2013
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Just like Every Broken Secret, Every Broken Trust was hard to put down. Skeet Bannion has tried to simplify her life by taking a position as head of campus police for a small college near her old policing ground of Kansas City. But drama--and murder--seem to find her anyway. For a fast-paced mystery with local flavor, a Cherokee protagonista, and satisfyingly complex relationships, this is a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2013
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Good read. Energetic and empathetic. The heartland if the US has interesting people and lots of action. Again, a gigs read
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