When the governor of New Mexico is found drowned in the Bath House at Jemez Springs, Albuquerque private eye Sonny Baca is called in to investigate. As he soon learns, murder is only the beginning of the evil that Sonny must sort out. Someone has planted a bomb in the Valles Caldera, not far from the Los Alamos National Laboratories, and it is set to detonate in just a few hours. Is this the work of terrorists or is Sonny's old nemesis, Raven, mixed up in the plot?
In a race against the clock Sonny encounters ghosts and sorcerers, beautiful women and environmental activists, and developers and politicians who are quarreling over the state's most precious resource, its water.
"An extraordinary storyteller."Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Anaya takes the reader beyond detective fiction. . . . His mysteries fall into the criminal and the spiritual, which makes them both inspiring and electrifying."St. Petersburg Times
"Sonny Baca is a fascinating hero with rough edges that serve to add to his charismatic personality."Edmonton Journal
"Anaya, godfather and guru of Chicano literature, proves he's just as good in the murder mystery field."Tony Hillerman, author of The Sinister Pig
About the Author
Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. Anaya was presented with the National Medal of Arts for literature in 2001 and his novel Alburquerque (the city's original Spanish spelling) won the PEN Center West Award for Fiction. He has also received the Premio Quinto Sol, the national Chicano literary award, the American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation, the Mexican Medal of Friendship from the Mexican Consulate, and the Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Who among us dares dispute that Professor Rudolfo Anaya¿s words flow with the poetic cadence of a pristine clear New Mexico mountain stream? That fact, he is guilty of! Just as he is equally guilty of perpetrating a disservice to Sonny Baca¿-his fictitious character who has served him well during the first three excellent novels. Jemez Spring utilizes this final Baca tome as a vehicle to extol a personal vendetta/cause as well as demonstrate his command of stimulating prose and history of long-dead cultures. There are times when an author belches forth far too many meaningless words and details unrelated to the tale being told¿-that not only are they distracting¿-they border on nonsense and are disruptive. Without an actual count, it is estimated that sixty-percent of pages are devoted to a number of subjects other than those that directly relates to Sonny Baca¿s current dilemma: The creeping and steady erosion of land and culture of the people of the southwest¿-which I personally sympathize with; throughout the book the reader is also subject to a number of unrelated ancient history lessons from exotic places; and while I¿ve never been accused of being a prude¿-the professor emeritus¿ constant reference to sexual innuendo was excessive, unrelated, and unnecessary in this reader¿s opinion. With approximately forty-percent of pages devoted to Sonny¿s final adventure¿-he is surely obliged to consider authoring PI Sonny Baca a make-up novel. A novel totally devoted to the adventure. One that Anaya owes those he terms, faithful readers, and Sonny.