Detective Jimmy Vega finds himself investigating the case when a young, Hispanic woman is discovered at a reservoir north of New York City. Worrying detectives is the fact that the women has a photo of a young child and this child is no where to be found. Along with the body is also a note that says “Go back to your country. You don’t belong here.”
Land of Careful Shadows is a book that is fitting the times and what is going on with current news with racial tensions and political topics. The story starts off with Jimmy himself being racially profiled even though he is a homicide detective he finds himself still dealing with the stereotypes. The writing in this book was really good and the plot interesting but I still found myself at somewhat of a disconnect with this one.
The MC is Latino and he is investigating a Latino murder in an area with a lot of illegal immigrants that shy from the police from not wanting to be deported. But some characters still seem to block the police efforts even though Jimmy should be one of their own whether the characters were legal or not. That is kind of where my disconnect stemmed as I don’t understand not helping to find a murderer and some of the things included I’m just not as familiar with when it comes to immigration etc.
I do still think that overall the author has made a good story here that sits well with current times that some people will love. There are of course twists and turns along the investigation to keep one guessing as to who is responsible and how it will turn out.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.