The Hydra: Revelations and Betrayal in Mexico City by Ana Manwaring

A breakup, a funeral, a proposition and an abduction—Private Investigator JadeAnne Stone is mired in the dirty underbelly of Mexico City.
QUINCY, Ill. - May 18, 2022 - PRLog -- Reeling from a recent breakup and dreading the emptiness at home, Private Investigaor JadeAanne Stone and her dog Pepper head to Mexico City at an alluring invitation. Her host, Anibal reveals he is an undercover DEA agent and enlists JadeAnne in his alleged investigation of a terrifying maze of human trafficking, double dealing and violence. Help comes from Senator Aguirre's associate, Jackman Quint, but at the cost of everything JadeAnne believes about her own life. Can she trust Quint? She uncovers the truth, but not before facing the ultimate betrayal.


Ana Manwaring is a former newspaper lifestyle columnist. Her poetry, personal narratives, book reviews and short stories have appeared in diverse publications including the California Quarterly, KRCB Radio, Morning Haiku, Mystery Readers Journal, Stolen Light Ed. Fran Claggett, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found Ed. Laura McHale Holland.

A graduate of the University of Denver (B.A.) in Education and English Lit and Sonoma State University (M.A.) in Education/Linguistics, Ana teaches creative writing in California's wine country, produces the monthly FUNdaMentalists poetry event on Zoom and operates her editing company, JAM Manuscript Consulting—"Spread Excellence." In her "past life," she has owned and operated BookWork, an accounting and tax preparation service, managed a social service non-profit organization serving immigrants, and cared for the elderly, all of which she gave up to work for a PI, consult brujos, and out-run gun totin' maniacs on lonely Mexican highways—the inspiration for, the JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures. Read about her experiences in Mexico:

After earning her M.A., Ana finally answered her mother's question, "What are you planning to do with that expensive education?" Be a paperback writer.

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