El Gavilan by Craig McDonald

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The news is full of it: escalating tensions from illegal immigration; headless bodies hanging off bridges and bounties placed on lawmen on both sides of the border. New Austin, Ohio, is a town grappling with waves of undocumented workers who exert tremendous pressure on schools, police and city services. In the midst of the turmoil, three very different kinds of cops scramble to maintain control and impose order.

But the rape-murder of a Mexican-American woman triggers a brutal chain of events that threatens to leave no survivors. El Gavilan is a novel of shifting alliances and whiplash switchbacks. Families are divided and careers and lives threatened. Friendships and ideals are tested and budding love affairs challenged. With its topical themes, shades-of-gray characters and dark canvas, El Gavilan is a novel for our charged times.


About Craig McDonald

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Edgar-finalist Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist, editor and fiction writer. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and several online crime fiction sites. His debut novel, Head Games, was selected as a 2008 Edgar nominee for Best First Novel by an American Author. It was also nominated for Anthony and Gumshoe awards and made several "year's best" lists. His other nonfiction books include Art in the Blood, a collection of interviews with twenty major crime authors that appeared in 2006. McDonald was also a contributor to the NYT's nonfiction bestseller, Secrets of the Code. He recently won national awards for his profiles of crime novelists James Crumley, Daniel Woodrell and James Sallis. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and the International Association of Crime Writers.
Published November 18, 2011 by Tyrus Books. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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