Fiction. Omar's friend Art Serrano, a world-famous painter, is dead—either that or he's disappeared and has left behind what appears to be a suicide note. As months go by, as Art becomes the focus of a media feeding frenzy, who better to supply the authoritative accounts of his past and present life than his old friend Omar, a journalist, to whom Art's last messages, it turns out, were dedicated? In the meantime, Verónica, a factory-worker- turned-prostitute in Juárez, Mexico, is murdered outside a discotheque attended by the city's young and rich. Her roommate, Esme, quickly learns the police have no desire to find the killer. In fact, Vero's death is the most recent in a chain of slayings of hundreds of young girls and women in a city still clinging to the outlaw and desert-saloon mentality that has characterized the northern border for years. She unites with an angry, graying priest, blackballed by the church for his liberal ideologies, and the two attempt to follow the trail of the killers.
John M. Keller is the author of four acclaimed books of fiction, including three published by Dr. Cicero Books, KNOW YOUR BAKER (2013), and THE BOX AND THE BRIEFCASE, THE MOLEQUE AND THE OLD MAN, AND THE FIRST COMING OF THE SECOND SON OF GOD (2014), and ABRACADABRANTESQUE (2015). He has taught writing at the City University of New York; the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico; the Universidad de Montevideo, in Uruguay; and St. Xavier's College, in Mumbai, India.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA