Zia Summer (Sonny Baca Series #1)

Zia Summer (Sonny Baca Series #1)

by Rudolfo Anaya

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"[Rudolfo Anaya] continues to shine brightest with his trademark alchemy: blending Spanish, Mexican and Indian cultures to evoke the distinctively fecund spiritual terrain of his part of the Southwest. Here Sonny Baca, a 30-year-old fledgling PI, investigates the murder of his . . . cousin [Gloria] who many years before had introduced him to love. Gloria's husband is worried most about the effect of the gruesome death (Gloria's body is found drained of blood, with a zia sun sign carved on her stomach) on his mayoral campaign in Albuquerque. Sonny believes Gloria's spirit calls to him for vengeance and pursues the case throughout New Mexico's South Valley, from the cocktail-party circuit of the arts community and the company of monied business developers to an assemblage of witches in an environmentalist commune in the mountains. . . ."—Publisher's Weekly

". . . a compelling thriller. . . . Though satisfying purely as a mystery, the novel sacrifices none of Anaya's trademark spirituality—a connectedness to the earth and a deep-seated respect for the traditions of a people and a culture. . . . Read this multidimensional novel for its rich language and full-bodied characters. Anaya is one of our greatest storytellers, and Zia Summer is muy caliente!"—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826344878
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 05/16/2008
Series: Sonny Baca Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 331,201
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.

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Zia Summer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cuicocha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of the Sonny Baca mysteries starts to lose its steam about three quarters of the way through the book, but Anaya asserts himself and brings his tale to a satisfactory close. More enjoyable even than the mystery plot is the glimpse into the Hispanic culture of the Southwest United States (New Mexico). Anaya brings his characters to life and allows them to breathe and enrich the reader's experience.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Zia Summer¿ is a book about the basic Chicano living in the Albuquerque area. The main character, Sonny Baca, is a detective in this story. His cousin Maria is killed and her death is a mystery to the world. During this story, he tries to find out who killed his cousin. He can¿t decide whether it was the Brujas or Maria¿s husband, who is running for mayor, and who bought a two million life insurance policy on her. This is an amazing tale about the different events that could happen to a real life detective. Anaya uses amazing details. He describes the life of the average Chicano, which amazes me because I have never read a book that relates to the life that I have been living. Some of the things that he describes are things that I have seen and also experienced in my lifetime so far. The religion mentioned in this story, Brujeria, has been told to me many times by my Grandmother. She told me to never believe in it. Anaya uses slang like words that I have heard before but never understood until he put them in a sentence. I would recommend this book to people so they can learn about Chicano¿s living in the situation of Sonny Baca!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Zia Summer' is about a small-time detective who must solve a big-city mystery. Sonny, the main character, must solve a homicide that involves one of his high school friends. As Sonny unveils a mystery that is he feels out of his league, he discovers that this killing is more than it seems. The killing has to many directions and a motive Sonny can't believe. A story filled with witchcraft and surprises that keeps the reader thinking. Sonny unravels a killing that is more than a normal killing.

Rudolfo Anaya does a good job of writing the story. It is very easy to read and words flow very well. The writer gives the reader a comfortable mood by not forcing the story with detail. The story builds up to a slow climax. For the most part the author does a good job of telling the story. The author does lack emotions though; the reader feels little emotion through out the book.