In this powerful novel from award-winning author Suzanne Chazin, a tense stand-off between a Hispanic police officer and an undocumented immigrant leads to the shooting death of one, the shattered life of the other, and the shocking connection between them. . .
On a clear, moonlit night in December, police detective Jimmy Vega races to the scene of a reported home invasion in an upscale New York community. As Vega arrives, he spots a Hispanic man who fits the description of the armed intruder, running from the victim’s estate. Vega chases him into the woods. When the suspect refuses to surrender—and reaches into his pocket—Vega has only seconds to make a life-or-death decision.
What begins as a tragic mistake takes an even darker turn when Vega uncovers disturbing links between the dead man and his own mother’s brutal, unsolved murder. Vega’s need for answers propels him back to his old Bronx neighborhood, where he is viewed as a disgraced cop, not a homegrown hero. It also puts him at odds with his girlfriend, Adele Figueroa, head of a local immigrant center, who must weigh her own doubts about his behavior.
When a shocking piece of evidence surfaces, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want Vega to put all the pieces together—and is willing to do whatever it takes to bury the truth. Only by risking everything will Vega be able to find justice, redemption, and the most elusive goal of all: the ability to forgive himself.
A BLOSSOM OF BRIGHT LIGHT
“A literary mystery at its finest—captivating, smart, romantic, and impossible to put down.” —Jacqueline Sheehan
“A compulsively readable police procedural that builds to the pace of a thriller with an explosive ending.” —Hallie Ephron
LAND OF CAREFUL SHADOWS
"This is everything a great suspense novel should be. First rate and highly recommended.” —Lee Child
“What a wonderful read! Suspenseful, involving, peopled with colorful, engaging characters. . . This fine novel will touch your heart.” —Julia Spencer-Fleming
About the Author
Suzanne Chazin won widespread acclaim for the first mystery in the Jimmy Vega series, Land of Careful Shadows, and for its sequel, A Blossom of Bright Light. She is also the author of The Fourth Angel, Flashover, and Fireplay. She has twice been the recipient of the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction. Her fiction, essays and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, as well as the award-winning short story anthology, Bronx Noir. She lives in the New York City area. Visit her on Facebook or at www.suzannechazin.com.
“Chazin delivers a complex, suspenseful story, with the grace of a ballerina and the impact of a boxer’s fist.” —William Kent Krueger
"A terrific mystery that keeps on surprising right to the end. Don't miss this series." —Robert Dugoni
“Get ready for a roller coaster of emotions as you plow through this tense, timely novel." —Julia Dahl
“Chazin’s pulse-pounding procedurals excel at plucking stories from the headlines. This one combines a complex mystery with a heartbreaking look at both sides of police shootings.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Given the nation’s current turmoil over police shootings, Chazin’s exceptionally well-written third Jimmy Vega mystery should be required reading, as it provides profound insight into the shock, horror, and chaos of such a shooting. . . . Leap-off-the-page characters complement the relentless plot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A supreme pleasure to read. Suzanne Chazin’s latest in the Jimmy Vega series offers up yet another taut, tangled plot and a cast of characters who capture your imagination and your empathy. If you haven’t already, you’ll be glad you discovered his world and her words." —Tawni O'Dell, New York Times bestselling author
“Chazin’s heart-stopping stories that manage to delicately balance both classic mystery elements with timely elements of race relations continues with her latest novel. Once again, those relationships are explored in a delicate, but powerful way. With strong emotions and current tensions that exist outside of the world of the novel factored in, this proves to be a moving read.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars