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In Lantigua's gripping fourth novel featuring Miami PI Willie Cuesta (after 2007's The Lady from Buenos Aires), Carmen Vickers de Estrada, who moved to Miami from Medellín, Colombia, to escape the threat of kidnapping, asks Cuesta, who's been serving as security chief for his brother's nightclub, to protect her son, José, and his girlfriend, Catalina Cordero. Two years earlier in Colombia, Carmen's husband was killed resisting abduction, and a year later, José was held captive for seven months even after the ransom was paid. After only a few days on the job, Cuesta witnesses a team of men snatch Carmen from a car blocked on a Key Biscayne road. Cuesta's quest to rescue Catalina, whose relationship with her captors is unclear, takes him to Colombia. The fast-paced action is well matched by concise prose, making this a treat for Elmore Leonard devotees. (Mar.)
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"The fast-paced action is well matched by concise prose, making this a treat for Elmore Leonard devotees." --Publishers Weekly

"This thoroughly entertaining crime novel flirts with a number of the genre's central themes: kidnapping for ransom, drug dealing, betrayal, revenge, the silky seductiveness of a whole lot of money...a real find for crime-fiction fans" --Booklist Starred Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Willie Cuesta
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Pr (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558856951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558856950
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lantigua brings a textured real-life feel to "On Hallowed Ground," featuring sharply drawn characters. It's an absorbing read and brings the reader to the mansions of glitzy Key Biscayne and to the gritty neighborhoods of Medellin, Colombia, which he paints accurately with deft and colorful brush strokes. You'll develop empathy for some of these characters, and the plot is compelling with unexpected twists. HBO or another cable channel ought to keep their eye on Willie Cuesta for a possible series!
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On Hallowed Ground.
Lantigua, John (Author)
May 2011. 272 p. Arte Publico, paperback, $16.95. (9781558856950).

This thoroughly entertaining crime novel flirts with a number of the genre's central themes-- kidnapping for ransom, drug dealing, betrayal, revenge, the silky seductiveness of a whole lot of money--filtering them through the special sensibility of Miami PI Willie Cuesta. He's an ex-cop making it on his own now, but that's his only stock ingredient. He's not bitter, disillusioned, wounded, any of that. And when he's offered an outlandish fee to protect the son of a wealthy Key Biscayne family, he doesn't hide his glee at what looks like easy money, or his curiosity about this posh family. When the case goes haywire and the car chases and the gun battles begin, Cuesta can't help noticing the special color of the duct tape binding him and the great taste of top-line Columbian coffee the reprobates serve. With artfully concealed timing, the author reveals the kidnapers' hidden agenda: as in Chinatown and some of the Spenser novels, there's a sense that evil originates in the family. A real find for crime-fiction fans.
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"ON HALLOWED GROUND" BY JOHN LANTIGUA
16.95 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-55885-695-0
In Lantigua's gripping fourth novel featuring Miami PI Willie Cuesta (after 2007's The Lady from Buenos Aires), Carmen Vickers de Estrada, who moved to Miami from Medellín, Colombia, to escape the threat of kidnapping, asks Cuesta, who's been serving as security chief for his brother's nightclub, to protect her son, José, and his girlfriend, Catalina Cordero. Two years earlier in Colombia, Carmen's husband was killed resisting abduction, and a year later, José was held captive for seven months even after the ransom was paid. After only a few days on the job, Cuesta witnesses a team of men snatch Catalina from a car blocked on a Key Biscayne road. Cuesta's quest to rescue Catalina, whose relationship with her captors is unclear, takes him to Colombia. The fast-paced action is well matched by concise prose, making this a treat for Elmore Leonard devotees. (Mar.)
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Great read! This was one of those mysteries you can't put down because you need to know what happens all the way to the end. It was a fun ride through South Florida & Medellin, Colombia with the charming Willie Cuesta, private eye, as your tour guide. I highly recommend it!
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