In a genre populated with strong women, Gaspar de Alba's Ivon Villa stands out as unforgettable. A visiting professor at an L.A. college, Ivon is smart, beautiful, and gay. She and her partner, Brigit, decide to adopt a baby from Mexico, and Ivon travels to her native El Paso to see the child. On the plane, she reads an article about the murdered bodies of more than 100 women found in the desert outside Juarez. The crime wave hits home when the mother of the baby she was to adopt becomes one of the victims. Then Ivon's little sister, Irene, goes missing after an evening in Juarez. With the help of her cousin and a nervous priest, Ivon desperately searches for Irene while dealing with their accusatory mother and corrupt border patrol officers. Gaspar de Alba not only crafts a suspenseful plot but tackles prejudice in many of its ugly forms: against gays, against Hispanics, against the poor. An in-your-face, no-holds-barred story full of brutality, graphic violence, and ultimately, redemption. Jenny McLarinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
From the Inside Flap
Advance praise for Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders: "Gaspar de Alba brings a scholars mind, a fine writers sensitivity, and the open heart of her heritage. The result is a novel that takes your breath away, page after page, and grabs your heart."
James Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss
"Gripping, heart-wrenching, set against the tough, lacerating reality of border-town Ciudad Juarez
Desert Blood is a mystery unlike any other
Villa is the perfect match for the border itself. Brava!"
Lucha Corpi, author of The Gloria Damasco Series
". . .a page-turner of frightening speed
Let me say something loud and clear: Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders deserves the widest readership possible. In fact, copies of the novel should be delivered to the El Paso Police Department, La Migra, and the FBI with a post-it saying: 'mandatory reading."
Helena María Viramontes, author of Under the Feet of Jesus