"The Janes" by Louisa Luna and "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins

Coming in January 2020 these two novels have similar themes of people trying to escape the violence of the Mexican cartels.

In "American Dirt", a bookstore owner in Acapulco unwittingly befriends the boss of a far reaching drug cartel. Her husband is a reporter who publishes an article about the cartel which is basically the end of him and his family except for his wife and son who flee. This is the story of how they make the dangerous journey along with other migrants to the United States. Very good!

In "The Janes" , a private investigator ,Alice Vega, is called upon when the bodies of two young girls are discovered in a ditch south of San Diego. One of the girls is found to have the Vega's name on a scrap of paper balled up in her fist. Rival cartels, human trafficking and crooked cops all play a role.
A quick good mystery and the second novel featuring character Alice Vega.


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