MINOS by MARCOS M. VILLATORO
Life has not handed anything to Romilia Chacón. A detective
with the Nashville Homicide Unit and Salvadoran by blood,
she's a bilingual cop who is a magnet for murder. It's in
her family: her mother fled the death squads of their
native El Salvador, and her sexy older sister Catalina was
murdered when Romilia was in college. Now, six years later,
the killer is back as the self-styled Minos, the mythical
demon of Dante's Inferno who decides into which circle of
hell the soul of the damned must fall. Adulterers in the
third circle. Traitors in the ninth. And a whole slew of
souls in between. The FBI has nicknamed him the Whisperer,
due to the cryptic messages he leaves near his victims'
bodies. He has a purpose, but no one can make sense of his
need to kill in such artistic fashion, leaving a wake of
bodies from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
As she follows the trail of the Whisperer, Romilia does not
notice how the path spirals more tightly around her. The
more she learns, the more obsessed she becomes. But Minos
is not her only problem. Romilia must also deal with the
handsome and elusive drug lord Tekun Uman, and with the
obsessed DEA agents trailing him, and her, from the
shadows. Completely focused on tracking Minos — on
temporary assignment to the FBI, and against the wishes of
her boss in Homicide — Romilia doesn't see how her need for
revenge has taken control. Gritty, driven, determined to
succeed as a Latina in a white man's world, pretty Romilia
Chacon is every bit as captivating as that other FBI
heroine, Clarice Starling. And every bit as vulnerable.
Minos seems to have acquired a taste for the Chacon
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