Land of Careful Shadows by award-winning author Suzanne Chazin is a powerful mystery full of passion and secrets that deals with a clash of cultures and familial relationships, and it's full of drama, mystery, and raw emotions.
When the dead body of a Latino woman is found in a reservoir about 50 miles north of Manhattan, with a photo of a baby in her purse nearby, the police try to determine who the child is and if it is still alive. Along with the photo, they also find a disturbing note in the purse: "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."
Homicide detective Jimmy Vega is Latino too, so he knows how hard it can be for an outsider to fit into a close-knit town like Lake Holly. Vega is a highly respected officer of the law, and he is challenged and intrigued by Adele Figueroa, a passionate defender of immigrants' rights. Vega must rethink everything he believes in order to uncover the truths about his town, his family, and himself.
Land of Careful Shadows is a tour de force of literary suspense and an intimate journey into the human heart.
©2014 Suzanne Chazin (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed the book and really liked the timbre of the narrator's voice. The story was enjoyable even if, in places, it was a bit predictable. I'd really like to read/listen to at least ONE modern detective novel where the investigator ISN'T divorced!
A good listen overall.
The Audible.com version of Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin was a good listen on many levels. First, it was an engaging mystery. Anyone who enjoys mysteries would enjoy this book. Although there were quite a few red herrings, the progression of the mystery was logical and realistic. I’m sure anyone reading the mystery would enjoy it as much as enjoyed the audio version.
More importantly, the cultural content underlying the mystery was significant. Through the mystery, the reader gets a glimpse into the lives and culture of Latino immigrants, both documented and undocumented, in the United States. The struggles of these immigrants as they try to navigate life in rural America is as important as they mystery. The story’s setting is in rural New York State, but it actually could have been anywhere. The development of the characters and the conflicts they confront are graphic and real. Although it’s not pleasant, it’s a story that needs to be heard. I’m glad that Suzanne Chazin has joined others in the telling of that story. The narration by Armando Durán was great and added a lot to the content of the book. Definitely a good listen… and I’m sure it would be an equally good read. I'm looking forward to future Jimmy Vega mysteries!
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
This detective fiction, told from the POV of the Hispanic detective and several other Hispanics that are a part of the story, will entertain you and tug at you at the same time. Never preachy but way more to the story. Very glad I read it particularly at this time with the current immigration political wars. The author reached out to me after my review of The Book of Unknown Americans and I'm glad she did. Read it for surface level enjoyment or read it for much much more.
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