Strays of Rio: A Thriller
Lisa Kerry witnesses a private death squad attack street kids close to her bookstore. When the police take no action, she vows to purge Rio of the ruthless killers. To keep him out of the line of fire, she must quell her affection for the one man cut out to exorcise the demons of her past. Drawing strength and rage from the abuse she suffered as a young girl in a juvenile detention center, Lisa closes in on her marks. Unable to get to the rich and powerful leader of the recreational killers, she enlists the older brother of one of her street urchin friends—a drug lord. Lisa’s pursuit of justice spirals into a violent struggle to survive, for herself, her young charges, and the man she loves.
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Crumple Zone: Psychological suspense unfolding in Chile’s Atacama Desert
Lara, a workaholic from Seattle, loses her job, drowns her frustrations in scotch, and books a trip to Chile. Instead of facing her messed up life, she escapes to South America and hooks up with a backpacker, whose bag of tricks conveniently distracts her.
Hauling freight along the same route, trucker Enrique battles the loneliness of the Atacama Desert, imagining his wife by his side. If only she’d stop urging him to come home. With growing unease, he sets off on the return trip. When his path crosses Lara’s, the impact knocks them both off their errant tracks to face real life.
This novel was inspired by a real accident my partner and I had toward the end of a fantastic road trip through the Atacama Desert in 2008. We actually made the front page in a local newspaper. The star of this adventure was certainly our rented X-Trail: