by Lucha Corpi
Published: 31 Mar 2004
Bind: Trade Paperback
A woman’s harrowing fall down the side of a weedy cliff has left her struggling for every breath. A discarded manuscript is found buried under rotting food in a garbage dump. Falsified identities and faces half-hidden in the shadows of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement threaten to be unmasked. Private Investigators Justin Escobar and Dora Saldaña struggle through this web of bizarre clues in two cases they are working to solve. When these tangled threads lead them to a violent showdown involving F.B.I. misdeeds thirty years in the past, these two intrepid agents of Brown Angel Investigations find themselves in a deadly snare.
Weaving the student movements at Berkeley, a serial rapist within the government’s ranks, a militant Chicano brown power group in Denver, and even the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico, Corpi has once again penned an intriguing thriller that revisits one of the most disturbing chapters for the American psyche: the civil rights struggles and student revolts during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Winner, Latino Literary Award for Best Mystery Novel
For LUCHA CORPI, art has always meant activism. As a woman, a Hispanic, an immigrant and a mother, she has always found herself breaking down barriers in both life and literature. Corpi was born in 1945 in Jáltipan, Veracruz, Mexico, a small tropical village on the Gulf of Mexico into a community that fostered creativity, performances and an appreciation for music, poetry and storytelling.
Corpi holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC-Berkley and an M.A. in World and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. A tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program for 30 years, she retired in 2005.