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Murder on the Sky Ride, 6X9, 328 Pages, ISBN 978 098 4989 706
Library of Congress Number 2012923147

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Mystery of the Vanished Gold Library of Congress Number 2013914131

The ISBN 9781491063705; 6X9 Paperback, 300 pages.

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This novel is full of action and good detective work. It also gives a picture of the diverse ethnic and cultural makeup of Texas. It gives a private view of two Texas families, one whose members range from dope smuggler to successful attorney-politician, and the other ranging from a hot-head Chicano activist to a Texas Ranger.
Some of the characters: Gar Garcia, Texas Ranger under special orders of the governor; Steve Pearce, 21, ex-convict, trying to stay out of trouble but not succeeding; Johnny Diaz, almost, but not quite, bad to the bone; Burke Masters, big man with big money; and Hawknose, career criminal.
The story is set in San Marcos, Texas, at an amusement park located where the San Marcos River, as a giant spring, wells up out of the ground cool and clear. San Marcos is a real city but events and characters portrayed there are fictional. Real people are mentioned, such as Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, but are not characters.
Historical notes about the Texas Rangers are accurate. The mammalian diving reflex described in the novel is accurate, as well as the homicide exclusion in insurance policies, and oil field technicalities, but events surrounding them are fictional.
The story takes place in 1978 when detectives had to work harder than now. They had two-way radios, telephone beepers, but no cell phones or personal computers. Most police departments had no computers at all. Police reports were laboriously typed out by hand over several carbon copies, the last of which were barely legible. Police work was real work.  Go along with Texas Ranger Gar Garcia as he works through clues, diversions, and deception.

More about Mystery of the Vanished Gold

Three robbers wearing Alfred E. Newman rubber masks rob a Dallas bank of $20 million and several safe deposit boxes containing gold. During the robbery a killer handcuffs two men together to a barred gate and executes them with a .22 bullet to the head.
The invasion robbers move with military precision and vanish with the money and gold.
            A newly-commissioned Texas Ranger, Hank Garcia, chases the gold and money to Spain, South Africa, Panama. Not only is the vanished gold a mystery, but also the motive for murder.
            Hank’s 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, gets involved and vanishes.
            FBI Agent Naomi Robertson works with Hank and becomes a love interest.
Some of the other characters that lend color to the story include, Emo Etto a Nigerian  soldier of fortune; Wan Ol Key, a 130-pound martial arts expert using a Mongolian passport; Sheikha Eisha ben Ali, wife of a mysterious Arab of questionable existence, who can charm the gold out of men’s pockets; Handsome Jòrge Sanchez, a Panamanian lover of women and gold; Nurse Alberta Shehzad whom Hank covets; Emile Deutchmann, South African soldier of fortune; and two beautiful young women, Gayle and Katie, who are involved more than they know.
Regardless of numerous suspects and possibilities, Hank’s excellent detective work triumphs.

If you like mysteries, action, interesting characters, frequent changes of scenes, an adventure story with romance, but no gutter language, you will like this novel.

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 ISBN 978-1494326029; LCCN 2014902417
Price, $14.95, free shipping, paperback, 6X9, 284 pages.

 

 

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