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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.