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Psychic female cop seeks missing children in Patricia Santos Marcantonio's "The Weeping Woman"
Novelist Patricia Santos Marcantonio's first book "The Weeping Woman" is a contemporary detective story unveiling threads from an old Mexican ghost story - "La Llarona."
By: Tammi Knorr
About the book:
When children begin disappearing in San Antonio, Detective Blue Rodriguez discovers the case echoes an old Mexican ghost story. The detective must confront her own past and come to term with her visions to find the stolen children.
... Blue wished the fall rains would arrive early to San Antonio and clean the city. But no, she had to wait in a dirty alley, sweating, exhausted, and feeling one hundred years old instead of twenty-nine. How nice it would be to curl up in a corner, perhaps with her head on the lap of Armando or Frederico.
“Come on, come on,” she said out loud. “I don’t have all friggin’ night.”
She wanted the truck to arrive already so she would not have to think anymore. Mindless reaction was better and safer.
Across the street, the gray-haired man sat on the sidewalk wearing a stained jacket and torn baseball hat. At least, she wasn’t that guy.
Lighting a cigarette, she hoped the smoke would replace the bad taste in her mouth. She leaned against the alley’s brick wall. The vision pierced her before she could blink:
His neck burns as metal slices vein. The hunting knife is fast as a silver thought. He is not quite sure what is happening until he hears the blade crack on the bricks behind him. Surprisingly, the blood flowing out of his wound feels warm and reassuring. He slides to the ground. How he wasted his life. He was dead years ago. As his heart slows, he tells the man with the knife, you ain’t getting nothing much in return.
Choking on the smoke, Blue spit out the cigarette. Instinctively, her hand went up to her neck expecting to draw away blood. She swung around. Sure enough, a nick and reddish black streak of dried blood marked the wall. They belonged to the dead man who once stood in the very spot.
Blue wanted to leave. At that moment, however, the semi-truck she had been waiting for rounded the corner onto Houston. With squeaking brakes, the truck stopped in front of an abandoned warehouse on the street. She pressed herself against a doorway. Her mind sharpened. Good. Only one man in the cab. That made it easier. She dried her slick hands on her jeans. Blue placed her hand inside her jacket. Her body had warmed the metal of the gun. She gulped in air like a runner anticipating a race. Time to be strong. Time to move. Time to move forward. Stepping backward only hurt.
Blue ran up to the parked truck and pointed the gun at the driver.
“Hands up,” she ordered...
The Weeping Woman
Authored by Patricia Santos Marcantonio
List Price: $16.95
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
Sunbury Press, Inc.
BISAC: Fiction / Horror
Also available for Kindle and Nook
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Page Updated Last on: Sep 29, 2012