Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ranked # 352,654...

Here is a link to my newest Kindle collection, The Precinct Puerto Rico Files.

And here is a description of those stories:

Ten tales featuring heroes from the Precinct Puerto Rico series of novels.

UFO - When a senior citizen reports a UFO has crashed into the woods behind his house, Sheriff Luis Gonzalo isn't in too much of a hurry to investigate, but it isn't long before the town begins to change, and it seems Gonzalo is the only one who isn't in on the secret.

Rolling Rivera - Wheelchair-bound Rivera was a nasty piece of work. Now it seems someone may have used the chair against him.

The Inspector - When a meat inspector goes missing in town, Sheriff Gonzalo learns the man had cultivated more than his fair share of enemies.

Caring for Jose - Rachel Matos claims to have killed her husband, Jose, with one swing of a frying pan, but Sheriff Gonzalo had tussled with the man often enough to know it would take more than that to bring him down.

The Driver - What could have been a routine stop, turns into an all out chase.

Fiesta - One of Sheriff Gonzalo's colleagues notices a suspicious pair of young men at a town party, but how can she get them to talk before the last song is sung?

The Tent of Babel - This story takes one of Sheriff Gonzalo's colleagues back to his time as a prisoner of war in the Korean War.

David - A little boy goes missing just as Hurricane David approaches the island, and Sheriff Gonzalo and his team race to find him.

Angustias, Puerto Rico, 1970 - When one of the more venerated ladies of the town is brutally murdered, Gonzalo races to catch the culprit before it happens again.

The Valley of Angustias - In his very first case, even before becoming sheriff, Luis Gonzalo tries to figure out why citizens of Angustias are being beaten when they don't seem to be connected.

And here is my personal evaluation: I like UFO and THE VALLEY OF ANGUSTIAS the best. For one thing, they earned me the most money having been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The latter story is, I think, very well-executed and earned a nomination for a Derringer Award that I'm quite proud of.

Rolling Rivera and The Inspector are based on people I've known -a girl who was married off at just thirteen years of age and a meat inspector who was actually a nice guy, but carried a gun.

Angustias, David, and The Tent are attempts at history. The Tent goess all the way back to the Korean War to show one of the characters from the series and how they made it through a rough patch.


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