Home Killings by Marcos McPeek Villatoro

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Teeming with the shadows of revolution in Central America, the illicit drug trade, and pre-Colombian myth, this spell-binding detective novel featuring a Latina detective offers many new twists to the genre.

Romilia Chacón, a rookie in the Nashville police force, finds herself thrown immediately into her first big case on her new beat. Are the ceremonially slaughtered cadavers popping up around town the product of ancient ritual, a serial killer or a campaign to shock rival drug lords into compliance? Can the recently arrived detective prove herself on her first assignment while juggling her work and her home, where mother and child are both so dependent on her? Combating the machismo of the police force and the challenges of being an outsider within the Latino community, Chacón follows the trail of murder in this fully textured and well-developed whodunit.

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Marcos M. Villatoro is the author of several books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The "Los Angeles Times Book Review named his nationally acclaimed "Home Killings as one of the Best Books of 2001. It won the Silver Medal from "Foreword Magazine and First Prize in the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. His other books include the Pushcart Prize nominee T"he Holy Spirit of My Uncle's Cojones (also an Independent Publishers Book Award finalist), "They Say That I Am Two: Poems, the novel "A Fire in the Earth, and the memoir "Walking to La Milpa: Living in Guatemala with Armies, Demons, Abrazos, and Death. After years of living in Central America, Marcos attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1998, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, where Marcos holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Writing at Mount St. Mary's College. A regular commentator for National Public Radio's "Day to Day," Marcos also hosts a book show called "Shelf Life" for Pacifica Radio. He lives with his wife and four children in Los Angeles, and is now hard at work on the third Romilia Chacon novel, A Venom Beneath the Skin. Visit Marcos on the web at www.marcosvillatoro.com.
Published September 8, 2011 by Arte Público Press. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Trying to find a link between the victims by pecking away at Saenz's computer files, Wilson and Romilia discover one labeled "Kaibil," a word all too familiar to Romilia's Latina mom, who explains that it means "Guatemalan Death Squad."

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