Blood Line by Rex BURNS
(Gabe Wagner Mysteries)

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When gang warfare claims his cousin, Detective Wager seeks justice
There was a time in Denver when a child’s murder was a tragedy, but now that gangs have taken hold of the city, teenage deaths are sickeningly routine. As far as homicide detective Gabriel Wager can tell, the latest victim, a thirteen-year-old boy, was a good kid, with no affiliation to any local gang. But in gangland, even innocents have a way of becoming targets. As he investigates the boy’s murder, Wager’s aunt asks him to speak to her son Julio, a teenager who’s been cutting class and quit his after-school construction job. They fail to connect, and a few days later Julio is found executed in the same style as the previous boy, shot in the back of the head. As he tries to unravel the dual mystery, Wager finds himself deep in a callous world, where even children can be killers.
 

About Rex BURNS

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Rex Burns is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Denver.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 197 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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 If the gang-style execution of 13-year-old John Erle Hocks isn't enough to wring Denver cop Gabe Wager's heart, there's also the murder of Gabe's cousin Julio Lucero, a kid only a few years older shot down shortly after telling Gabe he wasn't involved in any of the stuff Gabe's Aunt Louisa was ...

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Blood Line (Gabe Wagner Myste...

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Latino cop Gabe Wager has a trigger temper and little tolerance for street scum. High on the Wager scum-o-meter would come gangs, drug dealers and kid killers, all three of which coalesce on the hard

Jul 03 1995 | Read Full Review of Blood Line (Gabe Wagner Myste...

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