|Zia Summer (1995) [Novel]|
by Rudolfo Anaya
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Series: Sonny Baca
(From the publisher):
An Albuquerque teacher turned private eye, Sonny is the great-grandson of the fabled lawman Elfego Baca. He always carries his forebearer's Colt .45, but wonders if he also carries his bisabuelo's courage. While the elder Baca gained fame by ridding Old New Mexico of dangerous desperadoes, Sonny ekes out a living investigating tacky divorces and dubious insurance claims...until Gloria Dominic is murdered in a most ghastly fashion. Her body had been drained of its blood, the Zia sun symbol etched around her navel. Sonny recognizes this perverted use of the sacred sun sign is the work of brujas, evil witches. He senses a mysterious connection between the past and present. The Aztecs used blood to feed the sun. Was Gloria's stolen blood likewise a gift to the sun? And what about the recent cases of cattle mutilation plaguing the area?
Encouraged by his girlfriend, Rita, and spurred on by the restless spirit of Gloria haunting him, Sonny's search for truth leads him straight into Albuquerque's treacherous political arena -- and a passionate environmental battle over nuclear waste transport and disposal.
It is a summer of the sun, of community rage, bad blood, black magic, and a high-stakes showdown that pits Anglos against Chicanos, government agencies against bizarre cultists, and old ways against new. It is the Zia summer, and it will force Sonny Baca to face his deadliest case as he fights for his own life...and for the survival of the city itself.
Original title: Zia Summer
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Private Detective