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From award-winning author Suzanne Chazin comes a powerful novel of passion, bigotry, and murderous secrets in a homicide detective's picturesque hometowna
A body is found in a reservoir fifty miles north of New York City. The victim is young, female and Hispanic. In her purse, the police find a photograph of a baby they believe is her daughter-a little girl they can't identify. Or find. Where is the child? Is she still alive? And what is the meaning behind the disturbing note in the woman's bag? oGo back to your country. You don't belong here.o
Arriving at the scene is homicide detective Jimmy Vega, who spent the better part of his childhood in the area and still carries the scars. A Latino himself, Vega knows all too well how hard it can be for an outsider to fit into a close-knit place like Lake Holly. Even now, as a respected officer of the law, he has to watch his step in an investigation simmering with ethnic animosities and steeped in local gossip. Both challenged and intrigued by Adele Figueroa-a passionate defender of immigrants' rights who reminds him uncomfortably of his own family's struggles-Vega must rethink everything he believes to uncover long-buried truths about his community, his loved onesaand himself.
Filled with drama, mystery and raw emotions, Land of Careful Shadows shines a nuanced and timely light on a small town's darkest secrets and deepest obsessions. It is not only a tour de force of literary suspense, but an intimate journey into the human heart.
ISBN: 9781496702289
Branch Call Number: PB MYSTERY CHA


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Nov 20, 2018

My feelings are all over the map with this book and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to rate it. For the most part I didn't like the writing. The opening chapter was so ridiculous that I'm surprised I kept reading. Vega shows up at a murder scene (where he is unknown to the other officers) dressed like a criminal because he has been on an undercover case all night. When he is sitting in his car, changing his shoes, one of the cops at the scene draws on him and says "Stop right there, Sir." Instead of saying "I'm a cop" he says "Hey man, chill." He then reaches towards his back pocket to get his ID. Seriously?? I don't care if you're purple. That's just stupid Vega then gets angry because he feels he's been racially profiled and hisses "You wouldn't give me five minutes to change my shoes." So this guy who looks like a criminal wants five minutes to change his shoes before he even mentions he's a detective?? Ugh. There were just too many scenes that weren't realistic, in my opinion. There was only one character in the book I found myself caring about and that was one of the illegal immigrants named Rodrigo. It seemed like he was the only character that had been truly fleshed out, and he acted in a more intelligent manner than the rest of the characters in the book put together.

Oct 14, 2017

Chazin's books provide excellent character development and surprising plot twists. Reading her Jimmy Vega novels makes more sensitive to the plight of immigrants in the USA. This novel was a page turner as well as a thought provoking read.

Nov 01, 2015

The chip on Jimmy Vega's shoulder gets a bit heavy at times.

Aug 19, 2015

An excellent read! When I started I was afraid this would be a story written to advance a political/social agenda without the plot and character development to allow the novel to stand on its own merits. I was wrong. It's well written, has very human characters and a compelling plot. It does shed light on issues faced by both legal Hispanic residents and illegal immigrants in the U.S. No sugar-coating, no rose-colored glasses, no identifiable political perspective. Just some insight into what life is like, good and bad, for a segment of the population most of us know nothing about firsthand. All this wrapped up in a good mystery with a likable detective who is good at his job and doing his best to be a decent human being in the face of day to day struggles in his work, family and personal life of the sort readers can relate to. I'm looking forward to the next novel featuring detective Jimmy Vega.

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