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Every Last Secret: A Mysteryby Linda Rodriguez
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Half-Cherokee Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion thought she was leaving her troubles behind when she fled the stress of being the highest-ranking woman in the Kansas City Police Department, a jealous cop ex-husband, and a disgraced alcoholic ex-cop father. Moving to a small town to be chief of a colleges campus police force, she builds a life outside of her work. She might even begin a new relationship with the amiable Brewster police chief.
All of this is threatened when the student editor of the school newspaper is found murdered on campus. Skeet must track down the killer, following trails that lead to some of the most powerful people in the university. In the midst of her investigation, Skeet assumes responsibility for a vulnerable teenager when her ex-husband and seriously ailing father wind up back on her hands. Time is running out and college administrators demand she conceal all college involvement in the murder, but Skeet will not stop until shes unraveled every last secret.
In award-winner Linda Rodriguez, mystery fans will find a unique voice and a gifted storyteller.
"While this winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition doesn't contain a plot element that genre fans haven't seen before, Rodriguez writes clearly and forcefully. Half Cherokee Marquitta 'Skeet'Â Bannion has left the Kansas City, Mo., police department, where she had become the highest-ranking female officer, in part because she was tainted by a corruption inquiry that led to her policeman father's retirement. She's now the chief of campus police for Chouteau University in nearby Brewster, but her new job doesn't provide the quiet life she was expecting. Skeet's fear that the college paper editor, Andrew McAfee, who's been accused of sexual assault, might be a target, is borne out when McAfee is bludgeoned to death. Solving the murder proves more complicated than it first appears. Fans of tough female detectives like V.I. Warshawski and Kinsey Millhone will be pleased. Agent: Ellen Geiger, Frances Goldin Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
LINDA RODRIGUEZ is a winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. As a poet, she has won the Thorpe Menn Award and the Midwest Voices and Visions Award. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
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