LA BLUES II by Maxine Thompson
Life hasn’t always been easy for Zipporah “Z” Saldano, but at 35, she’s finally come to grips with some of her demons, and things are looking up. She’s moved beyond mourning the loss of her LAPD job, her partner, and her murdered nephew. She has a new love, Detective Romero Hernandez, and she’s dedicated to remaining sober. Her new business, Saldano’s Private Investigation, is thriving.
Just when she thinks she has a handle on life, though, her oldest brother, Mayhem, is kidnapped. His involvement with the Crips leads Z to believe that a Mexican gang has something to do with his disappearance. Chaos returns to Z’s life when she discovers that the gang has ties to her boyfriend’s family.
Will Z be able to get her brother back? Will her relationship with Romero survive? Things are going on that are not right. Nothing is as it seems, and once again Zipporah Saldano will have to contend with mystery and mayhem in the City of Angels.
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LA BLUES by Maxine Thompson
Growing up in foster care, Zipporah “Z” Saldano never dreamed of becoming a police officer, but after she’s rescued from a hostage situation during the LA Riots, she chooses a career in law enforcement. After ten good years on the force, Z is involved in a domestic homicide case gone awry. Her partner is killed, and Z is fired when alcohol is detected in her system. It’s two long years before she gets sober and opens her own private investigation firm. Now Shirley, her former foster mother, is in need of Z’s help. Someone has murdered her grandson, a high school basketball star, and she wants Z to find out who did it. Z soon finds herself in deeper trouble than when she was kicked out of the LAPD. What she discovers is a conspiracy much deeper than anyone would believe, and she finds her own life is in danger.
LA BLUES is in stores now. It can also be purchased from any of the online retailers.
Hostage of Lies
Nefertiti “Titi” Godbolt’s been a captive of her family’s secrets her whole life. Now, as she returns home after fifteen years, she’s ready to confront her family and finally get some answers. It’s her father’s seventy-fifth birthday celebration, but she’s not there to celebrate a man who always seemed to favor her siblings Josh and Cleo, while he, along with Titi’s mother, treated Titi as the black sheep in the family—even before she got pregnant and they forced her to give up her daughter. But when Titi’s father and his brother have it out during the party, some long-buried family secrets pop to the surface, and Titi realizes there may be some truth to the stories her great-grandmother told her when she was a child after all.
Hostage of Lies is in stores now. It can also be purchased from Kensington Books or any of the online retailers.
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A Place Called Home
The search is universal and ageless. Readers from all walks of life will be able to identify with A PLACE CALLED HOME. This collection of short stories explores what it means to be part of the African Diaspora in America. Each character, despite different life experiences, suffers from a profound sense of alienation. Each is searching for that elusive place called “home.”
While the stories are different from one another, they have the common thread of each person’s search for his identiy — his place in this world.
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