Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark, and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, doesn´t think so. The 34-year old half-Latina, half-WASP and 100% detective has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve. For Lee, this has become personal. From San Francisco´s famous Embarcadero to quaint Princeton-by-the-Sea, she is out to find the killer. And for the killer, this has become personal, too. Murder Is a Family Business is the first in a series of humorous mysteries revolving around Lee Alvarez, a combination of Sue Grafton´s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitch´s Stephanie Plum, and the rest of Alvarez Family, owners of Silicon Valley´s Discretionary Inquiries. Completing the family is Lee´s ´´Never Had a Bad Hair Day´´ aristocratic mother, Lila; computer genius brother, Richard; beloved uncle ´´Tio´´; and her energetic orange-and-white kitten, Tugger. When this group is not solving murders, they run Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that normally deals with the theft of computer software. Seemingly light and frothy on the surface, the novel explores familial love: the good, the bad, and the annoying. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marci Himelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084672/bk_acx0_084672_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´What you will read in these pages is a story about a tough young man who lost his way, and the story of a loving God who never forgot Casey, no matter where he was.” (Nicky Cruz, former New York gang leader and best-selling author of Run Baby Run)The Shot Caller is both a never-to-be-forgotten insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life and a powerful, modern demonstration of how God will go to the most miraculous extremes to reach even the worst sinners.Casey Diaz came to this country when he was just two years old, the oldest son of El Salvadorian immigrants who settled in the barrios near downtown Los Angeles in the 1970s. An abusive family life propelled Casey into street gangs at the age of eleven and he rose quickly within the ranks of the Rockwood Street Locos to become their leader.At sixteen he was arrested and sentenced to nearly 13 years in a state prison for second-degree murder and 52 counts of robbery and placed in solitary confinement for twenty-three hours a day.When an elderly woman committed to prison ministry approaches his cell and tells him Jesus loves him and God is going to use him, Casey scoffs at her. Then, one day a supernatural event takes place causing Casey to hit the cell floor and weep. He knows this is almighty God speaking to him, confesses his many sins, expresses deep remorse, and accepts Christ. What happens next can only be described as a miracle.This gritty memoir is perfect for fans of the international best seller The Cross and the Switchblade and any listener looking for an astounding example of God’s grace and redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Borquez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001482/bk_tnwd_001482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Half-Cuban, half-Puerto Rican, Luis ´´DJ Disco Wiz´´ Cedeño is 100 percent Boogie Down Bronx. Born in the 60s, Wiz struggled in a turbulent and violent relationship with his alcoholic father while trying to protect his mother, who was suffering from breast cancer. Raised in the 70s, Wiz learned the code of the streets while hustling with his crew, the East Side Boys.In 1975, Wiz discovered salvation when he hooked up with the legendary Grandmaster Caz to form the Mighty Force Crew, waging some of the biggest DJ battles in the Bronx during hip hop´s earliest years.When Hip Hop first hit, the DJ was king. Rockin´ the party on two turntables for the b-boys and fly girls on the dance floor, DJs like Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash pioneered an art form that has come to define our times.The first Latino DJ in the game, Wiz, along with Caz, went on to make a ´´mixed plate´´ in 1977 which combined sound bites, special effects, and paused beats. An innovator, originator, and a battle-style DJ with no fear, Wiz swept through the Bronx like a tornado.But the streets wouldn´t leave him in peace. After being convicted on an attempted murder charge, sentenced to nine years in prison, and forced to leave his baby daughter, Wiz was incarcerated upstate at the tender age of 17, where he learned the true meaning of desperation. But as time went on and he overcame his struggles with violence, drugs and alcohol, and women, Wiz eventually liberated himself from the path of self-destruction through love, self-respect, and self-determination.It´s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop´s First Latino DJ is a gritty and gripping tale of one man´s struggles to not only survive but triumph over adversity and abuse. It will make your blood run cold. By conquering unimaginable obstacles, Wiz offers inspiration to anyone who has ever wondered, ´´Why me?´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Rodriguez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000829/bk_adbl_000829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1943, Los Angeles exploded in the infamous Zoot Suit riots, provoked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case that railroaded young Chicano gang members who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Valdez masterfully synthesizes fact and fiction, using the case to examine Chicano Zoot Suit culture of the ´40s, prejudices, the role of the media in the judicial system, and Latino family culture. Passionate and provocative, Zoot Suit pulses with the beat of ´40s Big Band Music and traditional Latin songs. Starring (in alphabetical order): Xochiquetzal Candelaria as Alice Bloomfield Raul Cardona as Joey Castro, Marine Daniel Chacon as Tommy Roberts, Cub Reporter, Sailor Estrella Esparza as Della Barrios Spencer Garrett as The Press, Prosecutor Ruben C. Gonzalez as Smiley Torres, Rafas, Swabie Gregory Itzin as George Shearer Alma Martinez as Dolores Reyna Seth Millwood as Lt. Edwards, Guard, Shore Patrol Marco Rodriguez as El Pachuco Al Ruscio as Judge F.W. Charles Daniel Valdez as Enrique Reyna Katrina Valdez as Bertha Villareal, Newsboy Kinan Valdez as Henry Reyna Lakin Valdez as Rudy Reyna, Sgt. Smith, Bailiff, Bosun´s Mate Primavera Flor Valdez as Lupe Reyna 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000089/pf_latw_000089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines knows all about pain: how to bear it, how to avenge it, and how to inflict it.Still mourning the murders of his wife and children, former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines now works security at a bazaar in Dallas. Grief-stricken, he’s invested his heart and hope in the welfare of Miguel - a street kid who’s become his surrogate son. But the wounds of a brutal past are hard to heal, especially when a new case threatens to rip them open all over again.Approached by a colleague now working for the DEA to investigate the seemingly random murders of prominent Latino businessmen, Arlo works to expose the common link: an ultraviolent drug cartel pushing into northern Texas. As the vicious power struggle between the gangs turns the streets of Dallas into a war zone, Arlo’s investigation threatens everything he loves.When grief, anger, and secrets stretch the bonds of loyalty to their breaking point, Arlo can trust no one - but must risk everything to protect what remains. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric G. Dove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011452/bk_brll_011452_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Riley Hubbard is a young farmer and part-time reporter in a small southern town. After the body of an Arab college student is found near his home, Hubbard reluctantly agrees to cover the grisly story for the local paper. When he discovers there might be a surprising link from this crime to his father´s unsolved murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the killer´s identity. Since he was a child, Hubbard has been haunted by nightmares and suspicions that his father´s murderer may be the man closest to him - his wealthy uncle. As his investigation progresses, he must face mounting threats from an unseen adversary and manage his growing attraction to Maria, a young Latino woman who might be part of the conspiracy. The White River Killer is an exciting mixture of mystery, romance, and suspense. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Christensen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034610/bk_acx0_034610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ten years ago the hillbilly king of rock-and-roll, Colton Purcell, was cryogenically frozen after his premature death. Or was he? Chicago-based magazine reporter Harry Bauer intends to find out as he becomes involved in a convoluted murder plot stretching from good-old Memphis to glitzy Las Vegas, where the 10th anniversary celebration of Colton´s death is in full swing. When Harry´s mentor and friend, a Vegas reporter specializing in conspiracy theories, turns up murdered, Harry is intent on finding out why. But in a city where illusion often transcends reality, the truth proves more elusive than a gambler´s lucky streak. Not only is there a huge Colton imitator contest going on, but the King´s only daughter is set to marry the epicene Prince of Latino Pop (despite her mother´s objections), and a mysterious young man has introduced himself to Harry, claiming to be Colton´s illegitimate son. The trail leads Harry to the dark side of sin city, crossing paths with a bunch of mob guys, a very efficient (and very large) contract killer, and some unexpected people from Colton Purcell´s past. There´s also the murder of Colton´s famous manager, the abduction of a mysterious figure from a Memphis nursing home, and a host of other problems that make Harry begin to wonder: Is it really Colton Purcell hanging upside down in that cryogenic tube full of liquid nitrogen? If Harry can live long enough, he may just find out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Michael Redman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004928/bk_acx0_004928_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1487, the king of Spain, acting through Tomás de Torquemada, the first inquisitor general of the holy office of the Spanish inquisition, orders the first of the murders. For the next five centuries priests, cardinals, royal officials, nobles, and bankers are manipulated and killed by the guardians of the fourth angel to protect a secret plot and a vast and relentlessly growing fortune.In the 21st century, Martín Ibarra Paz, a Cuban-American living in Miami, is famous for his work as the head of a team of architects designing and building a new capitol city in South America. Because his progenitors in Spain had been converted Jews, Martín becomes a target of the plot hatched by the reborn Spanish Inquisition.Takeshi Ishikawa, the Brazilian-Japanese president of the newly-formed and tenuous Latino union, is desperate to keep the new union together and prevent South America from lapsing back into garrulous political divisions. His daughter, Gina Ishikawa, is a reporter covering the ascendance of the young new pope. She digs into his genealogy and finds he is not the man he claims to be. A Vial Upon the Sun follows Gina as she teams with history professor Teodoro Lenin, television media technician Dennis Prinn, and revolutionary terrorist Nicolás Ibarra in a race across Latin America to save Martín and expose the New Inquisition to the world. Armed with nothing but their own knowledge, courage, and skills, they face paid assassins, a military coup, and a nuclear threat. A Vial Upon the Sun is co-authored by father and son James Codlin and Craig Codlin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thom Rivera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157149/bk_acx0_157149_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.