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From Publishers Weekly

Set in the Mission district of San Francisco, this suspense novel captures the claustrophobic atmosphere that twists Central American politics and the innocents caught in the middle. The body of a young Salvadorian refugee granted political asylum in S.F. is found murdered death-squad style: single bullet to the head, thumbs tied behind the back. She’s a warning to those who can read the signs. In his search for the killer, police detective David Cruz finds himself in the company of former Gardia generals, closemouthed guerrillas and opportunistic businessmenvultures that feed on the desperate. For all the atrocities depicted and referred to, the work avoids the politics of the situation, relying on sharp observations of the Latino environment to flavor an otherwise predictable police thriller. Lantigua is a journalist who has covered Central America; his knowledge and awareness are put to good use here, in a narrative as timely as today’s headlines. Readers will find themselves questioning why the appropriate federal agencies ignore the claims of beaten and frightened Salvadorian refugees in Califoria.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

San Francsico homicide detective David Cruz is caught between two waring factions from El Salvador, when the body of Gloria Soto is found shot, execution style. Sifting through Gloria’s fmaily, friends, and enemies, Cruz soon realizes that the illegal refggees have brought their hatreds and feuds with them, and if he is not careful a full-scale confrontation will erupt. Playing off the nightmare world of the illegal in an unfamiliar urban jungle against Cruz’s personal problems adds to the already gripping story. Cruz, in his flawed humanness, is a perfect hero for the 1980s and a worthy series character. JV
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.