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“Unsuspected” – New Crime Novel
by Dolores B Jacobs
The story combines starkly beautiful Southwestern landscape with rich Hispanic, Native American and Anglo historical traditions to create the ideal setting for a powerful story about the complexities of love, domestic abuse and murder. This fast paced and explosive book is about a complex traditional family living in Los Lunas, New Mexico who experiences dramatic heart-rending tragedy and personal victory. The family may be harboring a serial killer without knowledge as the murders play out in the background of the story. In this story the actual killer is so integrated in the community and so ordinary that no one would suspect him. Told from the perspective of the central characters, Rosa Martinez and her older brother Ray, the events they experience or witness give the reader insight into the method and possibly a motive for the serial killings.
The story was inspired by the true account of eleven women whose bodies were discovered buried in shallow graves in a desert region on the West Mesa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The women are believed to have been prostitutes and known drug users, but the police had very little forensic evidence to go on and did not release whatever information they had. The investigative leads dried up and the murderer was not identified.
“In a style reminiscent of Rudolfo Anaya, Dolores Borrego Jacobs imagines a vivid back story to the real-life serial murders of eleven women in Albuquerque, NM in her novel Unsuspected. Her authentic dialogue and cultural details reveal a deep understanding of the area and its peoples as she unwinds her gritty, engaging mystery.”
~ Susan Adair Harris, author of Death Lost Dominion
“Shocking!” says local book club member.
Dolores Borrego JacobsAbout the Author
Dolores B. Jacobs
The author, Dolores B. Jacobs, is a northern New Mexican who lives near Santa Fe. Her two adult children live in the eastern United States. She spends time with her animals, a Lab named Maxwell who spends summers in the kiddie pool and a Shar Pei mix who has toenails like an inscrutable Chinese wizard. Her outdoor pastime is gardening and interacting with wildlife.
Unsuspected – A Crime Novel
UNSUSPECTED is the author’s first published crime novel and she has begun working on a second book. She uses the Southwestern landscape, specifically New Mexico geography and the historical customs and beliefs of its multicultural people as the stage for her writing. She’s an astute observer of human nature and a talented storyteller. She has a special fascination for the behavior of people who are driven or influenced by superstitious beliefs. She finds unsolved mysteries particularly fascinating and likes to write stories that cast a light into the darker places within otherwise ordinary lives.
She credits her great grandmother for introducing her to the love and art of storytelling. As a child she spent many occasions in her company listening to the dichos (wise sayings) and cuentos (folk tales) that she never tired of hearing recited in Spanish. Raised as a bilingual speaker, it is no accident that an important factor in her writing is the ability to create believable and memorable Spanish speaking characters. Her books are peppered with the use of colorful and expressive language because, she says, “That’s how some people in New Mexico actually talk.”
Dolores B. Jacobs Background
Her college degree is in English, education and art. She still loves reading the literature of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner and others—you know—the authors that students read in school. She also has a special love of poetry and counts several poets among her close friends. Her very favorite books, however, are suspense novels that involve interesting historical or technical content and have complex character interactions. She likes a fast paced thriller, including science fiction, the kind of book you can read on a roundtrip flight from Albuquerque to Maryland. Writers like Grisham, Patterson, Crichton, Eco, Oates, le Carre, Forsyth and Gabaldon are some of her contemporary favorites.