Description of book
In award-winning author Suzanne Chazin’s stirring new novel, Latino police detective Jimmy Vega must strike a precarious balance between the local immigrant community and his hometown’s most powerful and privileged citizens during a dangerous murder investigation…
A split-second decision thrusts Detective Jimmy Vega into the epicenter of a disturbing case when a body is found near a gathering place for immigrants in upscale Lake Holly, NY. The cold-bloodedness of the crime and the innocence of the victim torment Vega.
In a community gripped by fear of deportation, Vega needs the help of his girlfriend, activist Adele Figueroa, to gain people’s trust. But Adele is acting strangely, consumed by a secret that threatens to tear them apart. When the case takes a personal turn, both Vega and Adele discover that Lake Holly’s tranquil façade hides a terror of monstrous proportions, poised and ready to strike again. To confront the killer and save their relationship, Vega and Adele must forge a new level of trust—in each other, and in their most deeply held beliefs—to expose an evil that threatens to eclipse anything they’d previously imagined.
Written with equal parts passion and suspense, A Blossom of Bright Light takes readers on a journey of stunning revelations to uncover a small town’s most sinister secrets—and brightest hopes for the future. Mystery, sacrifice, and unremitting love converge in this gripping work by a master storyteller.
My review of A Blossom of Bright Light
A Blossom of Bright Light, by Suzanne Chazin is one of those books that keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next. The story opens with a newborn being found in the woods behind a community center. The only witness is a homeless drunk. He tells a worker at the community center that he saw the Lady of Sorrows holding the baby in the woods. Jimmy Vega is one of the detectives working the case. He is romantically involved with the community center’s administrator, Adele Figueroa. Adele is a Harvard educated lawyer who tries to help the undocumented hispanics in this community. While trying to find out who left a newborn baby out in the woods on a cold October night Jimmy is thrown into the tight lipped hispanic community that fears sharing any information with the police because it might lead to their own deportation. The investigation takes a nasty turn when his own daughter’s clothing is found covered with blood from the baby’s mother. There are very influential people in the hispanic community that are hiding their own dirty little secrets. The story has it all. Mystery, suspense, and love. If you love thrilling mysteries, this is the book for you. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel. I enjoy telling others when I come across a book that I loved reading. I hope others will give it a try.
About the author
Suzanne Chazin was born in Manhattan and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, the only child of immigrants. Her father was born in Russia. Her mother was born and raised in England.
Her first job out of journalism school was writing financial advice for doctors (those poor MDs!) Thankfully, she switched to safer topics, eventually writing essays and articles for American Health, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Money, The New York Times and People. She spent a decade as a senior editor and staff writer for Reader’s Digest where she wrote for an audience of 16 million on such topics as foster-care reform and health issues.
Suzanne went on to publish three mystery novels–The Fourth Angel, Flashover and Fireplay–about the New York City Fire Department, inspired by her husband who is a high-ranking chief in the FDNY.
Suzanne was drawn to writing Land of Careful Shadows after she began working on an outreach project with immigrants near her home in Westchester County, NY. The more she learned about the lives of the undocumented, the more touched she became by their courage and quiet determination. The sequel, A Blossom of Bright Light, is due out in the fall of 2015. Suzanne is currently working on her third book in the series and hopes her novels will raise greater awareness about the issues the undocumented face in the United States today.
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