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Ditch Rider

Van Gieson, Judith

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ISBN 10: 0060175133 / ISBN 13: 9780060175139
Published by Harpercollins, 1998
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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230 pages. A Neil Hamel mystery. Bookseller Inventory # 001618

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Title: Ditch Rider

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+ Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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In Judith Van Gieson's eighth outing, feisty lawyer/sleuth Neil Hamel immerses herself and her devotees in her new Albuquerque neighborhood--crisscrossed by irrigation ditches and troubled by gang violence--when she defends a teenage girl who claims she killed a gang member.

As Neil settles into her new house in Albuquerque's North Valley, she befriends thirteen-year-old Cheyanne Morales, who lives in a nearby trailer with her mother and her younger half-brother. Cheyanne's teenage angst is complicated by the pressures that gang culture imposes on her and her peers. Neil gets a harrowing glimpse of these pressures when a fifteen-year-old is shot to death not far from Neil's new home. The cops suspect a rival gang member, but late one night, a battered Cheyanne shows up at Neil's front door to confess that she was the shooter.

The authorities are reluctant to accept Cheyanne's story--as a minor she'd get only a slap on the wrist--and Neil is dubious too, but she agrees to represent her young friend. With Cheyanne in custody, Neil uncovers chilling evidence that the girl's family and friends intend to take justice into their own hands. Only Neil and her lover, the Kid, can prevent another tragedy from playing out along the ditches of her new neighborhood.

With its intricate, timelyplot, deft characterizations, and artful evocations of place, Ditch Rider confirms Judith Van Gieson's reputation as one of the foremost writers of Southwestern suspense.

About the Author:

Judith Van Gieson's previous novels include Hotshots, Parrot Blues, and The Lies That Bind. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a neighborhood much like Ditch Rider's setting.

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