This book, as far as I can tell is a woman's journey first to find solace that the person who convinced her to invest a lot of her money in a Ponzi scheme got what was coming to him. When a woman runs up to her on the street asking her for help and "remember me" then turns up dead Sarah can not let it go. She finally remembers where she met the woman and nothing about the death makes sense. She meets up with a Latin male who literally sweeps her off her feet and off to Tijuana in search of answers. He is not exactly what she believes him to be. Meanwhile her boyfriend from back home decides he is going to travel to see her and convinces his boss that he wants to do a news article. Another woman ends up dead. There are quite a few twists and turns and I didn't guess who the killer was until it was revealed. The one thing that really hit me was all the extreme prejudice from everyone to everyone else. That may have been what it was like back then--but it did bother me to constantly be reminded about it.
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Los Angeles, 1928. Oil, oranges and site of the C. C. Julian Petroleum stock scandal, a Ponzi type scheme to rival any in American history and a foreshadowing of the decade's looming, economic crash. As one of the scheme's victims, Ohio probate officer Sarah Kaufman--still reeling from the KKK murders she helped solve in Tennessee--is in the city to attend the trial of the perpetrators, in particular of the ''friend'' who convinced her to invest. Sarah is eager for justice and committed to seeing the trial through. She's glad she's alone, that her lover Mitchell isn't there, that after court she'll have time to herself. But when a Mexican woman she barely knows winds up dead, Sarah's plans are thrown upside down. Suddenly she finds herself in a nightmarish trial by fire, one that takes her from the glamour of Hollywood to the Tijuana frontier, tests her deepest beliefs and leads her to discover not only a killer, but a part of Los Angeles built on a terrible secret. Includes Readers Guide.
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ONA RUSSELL is a credentialed mediator and holds a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego, where she also taught for many years. She is the author of two previous Sarah Kaufman historical mysteries from Sunstone Press, O'Brien's Desk and The Natural Selection the last of which was a finalist in the prestigious California Commonwealth Club Book Awards. She has been widely published in other venues and is an accomplished public speaker, lecturing particularly on the topic of ''literature and the law.''
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