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.
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.
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.
The year 1916 was not shaping up to be a good one for Alafair Tucker, and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch didn´t help matters. Alafair had not wanted to go to Arizona in the first place. But her 10-year-old daughter, Blanche, was suffering from a stubborn ailment of the lungs, and her best chance for a cure was dry desert air. So Alafair and her husband, Shaw, had bundled their sick child onto the train and made the difficult trip from Oklahoma to the home of Alafair´s sister in Tempe, Arizona. As soon as they arrived on that bright day in March, Blanche began to improve. And Alafair was overjoyed to see her witty, brilliant, beautiful sister Elizabeth again. Adding to the excitement was a Hollywood motion-picture company that was filming a movie on the streets of Tempe. But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well in sunny Arizona. Elizabeth´s marriage is in tatters; tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa´s murderous raid on Columbus, New Mexico; and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smuggle war refugees out of Mexico and into the United States. And now here is Bernie Arruda, lying on his back in a ditch, staring into eternity. The night before, he had been singing Mexican love songs at the party in Elizabeth´s backyard, his black eyes flashing as he winked at the ladies. He had been a charmer, all right - too bad there were so many people who would be glad he was dead. Alafair decides to find the culprit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005357/bk_blak_005357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.