Hired by adoptive parents to find the biological mother of an illegally adopted, terminally ill child, Cuban-American private eye Lupe Solano soon finds herself plunged into the heart of a perilous and potentially lethal case. A first novel. 17,500 first printing.
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Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is the author of the much-lauded One Hot Summer as well as the Lupe Solano mystery series. She was a private investigator for more than fifteen years before turning to writing full-time in 1996, The recipient of the Flamingo Award in 1999 and the Shamus Award in 2000, Ms. Garcia-Aguilera lives in Miami Beach.From Kirkus Reviews:
A first novel, set in Miami's upper-class Cuban community, featuring private eye Lupe Solano, daughter of rich ‚migr‚s, who shares her cottage office with muscle-freak cousin Leonardo. Lupe's wealthy new clients, Lucia and Jos‚ Antonio Moreno, want her to find the birth mother of their daughter Michelle, now a year and a half old. Adopted at two weeks through well-known lawyer Elio Betancourt, Michelle has a rare, inherited disease and can be saved only by bone marrow from her mother. Betancourt, however, is running an illegal, very lucrative baby-selling racket and will tell the Morenos nothing. Lupe, then, begins with a search through Dade County records and some quizzing of her usual contacts, turning up the name of the obstetrician, now vanished, but little else. Her surveillance of the lawyer's ongoing operations, though, reveals that his source for infants is not in Florida, but in Cuba, with secretive boatman Alberto Cruz and massive, ever-pregnant Barbara Perez making the dangerous runs by sea. After Cruz is found stabbed to death, the emotional Lupe, a more volatile version of her sisters in detection, feels compelled to make the run with Barbara--her only chance of finding Michelle's mother. A hellish trip it is, too, producing a high body count but accomplishing Lupe's mission. The plot tends to ramble, and characters don't always come to life, despite the attention lavished on them, but the Cuban- AmericanCatholic background is a facet of Florida life not often explored in this genre. A talent worth watching. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Putnam Adult, U.S.A., 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. An impressive debut work from Garcia-Aguilera. A story of Cuban refugees who fled Castor's Cuba, and found new adventures in South Florida. This new, unread copy is gift quality. Book and BroDart protected are fine, without faults. Signed on the title page by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # BX105-7
Book Description Putnam Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX039914157X
Book Description Putnam Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11039914157X
Book Description Book Condition: New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Bookseller Inventory # 36SEXU0001OZ